It's not luck: Celtics earn top pick in NBA draft

A day after reaching the Eastern Conference finals, the Boston Celtics won the NBA draft lottery, earning the No. 1 pick.

The Celtics will be followed by the Los Angeles Lakers and Philadelphia 76ers.

Boston becomes the first team to finish with the top record in a conference and then pick first overall since the Lakers did so and made James Worthy the No. 1 pick in the 1982 draft.

The Celtics got the pick from the Brooklyn Nets as part of the continuing fallout of a trade that sent Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry to Brooklyn. The Nets had the worst record in the league this season and thus had the greatest chance at getting the No.1 pick. Brooklyn, in turn, will get the Celtics’ pick in the draft, which is No. 27 overall.

For the Lakers and 76ers, its deja vu all over again as they both are picking in top three for the second straight year. For Philadelphia it’s their third straight pick in the top 3.

Following the 76ers, are the Phoenix Suns, Sacramento Kings, Orlando Magic, Minnesota Timberwolves, New York Knicks, Dallas Mavericks, Sacramento Kings, Charlotte Hornets, Detroit Pistons, Denver Nuggets and Miami Heat.

The NBA draft will be held Thursday, June 22 on ESPN.

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