Celtics follow euphoria of winning lottery with dud on court


The ball doesn't stick with Lonzo - he was either taking the shot or moving it within a couple of seconds - and that had a contagious effect on the rest of the team.

On the day where we wait for the All-NBA teams - and the possibility of signing PG to the biggest contract possible for him - he or someone else running his Twitter account chose to drop a mention in on an article suggesting the Boston Celtics should trade the number one pick. The team already has a young talented core which could give them a lineup of last year's No. 1 pick Ben Simmons, big man Joel Embiid, former top pick Jahlil Okafor, Dario Saric, and then whoever is drafted this year.

While the Celtics got back: Gerald Wallace, Kris Humphries, MarShon Brooks, Kris Joseph, Keith Bogans, and the Nets 2014, 2016 AND 2018 first round picks, PLUS the ability to swap in 2017. "You can't dig yourself a hole like that against them".

Still, Philadelphia may opt for a bigger wing player to add to the mix and find a point guard elsewhere. He didn't even answer the question. They could also use a good shooting guard as well. If there is a run on guards the Knicks could find themselves faced with a unusual choice - whether to take the player tabbed, "The next Porzingis", Lauri Markkanen. But there is no reason to sit on that pick and take a forward; Jayson Tatum and Josh Jackson are the consensus projections there, and neither is a spectacular shooter. Bring him in before the max salaries kick in years later. He shot 37 percent from three-point range and 51 percent from the field overall.

"There are some great European prospects that will not be ready to play right away, and could be drafted as stash opportunities", said Colangelo. The website, NBADraft.net, said that Jackson is an "extremely disruptive defender ..."

And his teammates soon responded with improved, more gritty play defensively along with a slight uptick in terms of scoring the ball.

The victor will play either the Golden State Warriors or San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Finals starting June 1. The model only gives Bradley a 31 percent chance of playing as a starter or better in the National Basketball Association, but now gives him a 78 percent chance of playing at least as well as a solid rotation player in the league.

But if Jackson does have a weakness, it's at the charity stripe. Same goes for his 56.6% free-throw shooting as a college freshman. That's something he can work on with time. Those players include two Kentucky guards in De'Aaron Fox and Malik Monk. During the NCAA Tournament, it was Monk's performance that upstaged UCLA's highly-touted guard Lonzo Ball in the South Regional Semifinal. For the season, Fox averaged 16.7 points, four rebounds, 4.6 assists, and 1.5 steals per game in just under 30 minutes of time on the court per game. Unfortunately, the Tar Heel won the game with a clutch jumper of their own.

It's nice to see that the Sixers have choices, and that they're good ones, but it's going to depend on who is left on the board and what's available to the team.

The draft is June 22 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.