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Bad luck for the Suns or is the NBA Draft Lottery rigged?

Bad luck for the Suns or is the NBA Draft Lottery rigged?

The NBA's most decorated team earned the right to lose to LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals with a Game Seven victory over the Washington Wizards, and they received the first-overall pick (thanks to the Brooklyn Nets) in the 2017 NBA Draft at the NBA Draft Lottery Tuesday night.

Monday night, the Boston Celtics secured their place into the Final Four of the National Basketball Association playoffs, beating the Washington Wizards in seven games. Game 2 is on Friday night before the series shifts to Cleveland for Games 3 and 4.

Boston Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck smiles after the learning the Celtics were awarded the No. 1 pick in the NBA basketball draft, at the draft lottery Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in NY. The Kings and 76ers swapped first round picks, due to a Nic Staukas deal back in 2015, allowing the 76ers to snag the third overall selection - which would have been the Kings.

The Philadelphia Sixers have had a pick in the top-three for four consecutive years.

Magic Johnson and Lakers GM Rob Pelinka have both said that LaVar's outlandish comments over the past few months won't impact the way the team evaluates his son leading into the draft.

In truth, the Lakers already began preparing for the possibility they'd have a top three pick in this year's draft even before actually securing it. It's a Boston team that many wrote off after the Celtics fell into a 0-2, first-round hole against the Bulls.

76er center Joel Embiid was in the place to be, accepting the lottery position on stage.

Amid all the conspiracy theories surrounding the NBA's lottery over the years, there hasn't been much room for shadiness and extracurricular speculation when it comes to the 12th lottery spot. He's going to thrive with the ball in his hands. For a team completely lacking in guards and perimeter shooting, a very guard stacked draft is the flawless way for them to address their needs. "There's a lot of good feelings around the Celtics right now".

With guards Markelle Fultz, Lonzo Ball and wing Josh Jackson expected to be the first three players selected, it leaves the question as to what the Suns will do with their pick.

While Boston was going to get a top-four pick, the Los Angeles Lakers had to sweat out the lottery. A late five-game winning streak by his young team had damaged its odds by falling behind Phoenix for the second-worst record in the league.

Boston could take a long look at Arizona's Lauri Markkanen, a 7-foot, 230-pound power forward who can score in the paint or step outside and hit 3-pointers. "We won five in a row and everybody thought we were insane".


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