Thanks to an old trade with the Brooklyn Nets, the Boston Celtics had a 25% chance of landing the No. 1 pick in the upcoming NBA Draft and that’s exactly what they got during Tuesday’s NBA Draft Lottery.
In addition to the Celtics now owning the top pick in the draft, the Los Angeles Lakers were the other big winner as they got the second pick in the lottery. If their pick had fallen out of the top three, they would have lost their pick to the Philadelphia 76ers.
Not all is lost for the 76ers though. The Sacramento Kings received the third pick. However, thanks to a previous trade, the 76ers had the option of swapping first round picks and they did just that, taking the Kings’ third pick in exchange for the fifth pick.
The big loser would have to be the Phoenix Suns who had a 20% chance of landing the top pick and a 56% chance of being in the top three. They got knocked out of the top three and now own the fourth pick.