Celtics win NBA draft lottery, Lakers at No. 2 keep pick

The Celtics, Lakers and 76ers won the top three picks in the NBA Draft Lottery.

NEW YORK (AP/WDKY) - The Boston Celtics have won the NBA draft lottery, capitalizing on a trade they made with the Brooklyn Nets four years ago.

The Los Angeles Lakers were other big winners, moving up one spot to second to hold onto their pick. They would have had to trade it to Philadelphia if it fell outside the top three.

The Celtics will go from No. 1 seed to No. 1 pick after their 25 percent chance of winning came through Tuesday night. They open the Eastern Conference finals at home on Wednesday against Cleveland.

Brooklyn finished with the worst record in the league but the Celtics had the right to swap picks with them from the 2013 draft-night trade that sent Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to the Nets.

The 76ers will pick third, while Phoenix fell two spots and is fourth. The NBA Draft is June 22 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Kentucky's De'Aaron Fox and Malik Monk were both in attendance at the draft lottery Tuesday night. Devin Booker was also on hand representing the Phoenix Suns and brought a guest with him - 11-year-old Suns fan and Special Olympics athlete Noah Smith.

close video ad
Unmutetoggle ad audio on off