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Celtics, Lakers, 76ers have plenty riding on the NBA lottery

Celtics, Lakers, 76ers have plenty riding on the NBA lottery

The 2017 NBA Draft Lottery will be on Tuesday, May 16 at 8:00 p.m. ET. In addition, the first round pick promised to Orlando in 2019 would convert into two second round picks. The worst-case scenario would be adding just the sixth pick.

The 2017 NBA Lottery is nearly here! In fact, it was the Wolves' only victory in the National Basketball Association lottery.

But, with the lottery coming up Tuesday, there is a reason for hope in a draft class arguably as loaded as the 2003 Draft. Each of the teams among the worst 14 in the standings will have some shot at getting a top-three pick, but three teams have the best shot. Playing with Lonzo Ball, a top prospect in the draft, was obviously beneficial for him.

Every 10 years, the C's are in position to draft a once-in-a-generation player, but the lottery balls (more specifically, the computers) don't fall their way. "Sometimes they should be for you and sometimes they'll be against you". With that pick, the Pistons chose Darko Milicic - and the rest is ... well, draft history.

The last time a team picked up two top-7 choices, the Cavaliers made guard Kyrie Irving the No. 1 overall selection in 2011 and took big man Tristan Thompson at No. 4. DeBusschere was on the dais when the Knicks won the first-ever lottery in 1985, earning the chance to select Patrick Ewing. They could have been pushed back as far as 6th. The Mavericks start the night in the No. 9 spot and are hoping to move into the top three for the first time since taking eventual co-Rookie of the Year Jason Kidd in 1994.

A representative of each team will sit on a dais in NY as deputy commissioner Mark Tatum announces the results of the league's draft lottery. But he won't be alone...the franchise is also sending their good luck charm in senior vice president Pat Williams.

The NBA draft is a true crapshoot.

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The latest report following the combine has Fox shooting up draft boards and passing Ball. Hopefully he's be better luck on the presentation platform. That was Flip Saunders' thing, Taylor said.

Most of the Wolves' roster already is signed for next season.

It will be interesting to see where the Charlotte Hornets' pick ends up this year. Last year it was Towns; this year it's Wiggins.

Each of these schools has produced at least nine lottery players in the past 33 drafts. The same process is repeated with the same ping-pong balls and lottery machine for the second pick and then again for the third pick. Collecting young talent is nice, but Taylor said the Wolves need veterans to balance out a promising young lineup. If that occurs, there's a possibility the Wolves could trade the pick and move down.

In 1997, the Celtics had the best odds (27.51 percent of being able to draft Tim Duncan).

Taylor isn't counting on it.

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