Celtics win NBA draft lottery, will pick first overall

Celtics win NBA draft lottery, will pick first overall

The Celtics won the NBA draft lottery. Seriously. 

Boston entered the night with a 25-percent chance of landing the top pick, which was revealed just before 9 p.m. 

Washington point guard Markelle Fultz is expected to be the first overall pick, with UCLA point guard Lonzo Ball, Kansas small forward Josh Jackson and Duke forward Jayson Tatum expected to round out the top four. 



After the lottery, C's president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said he hasn't decided which player he would take with the pick. 

"I wouldn't say that yet," Ainge said. "It hasn't been narrowed down to one or two."

In an exclusive interview on CSN's Early Edition, Fultz said prior to the order being revealed that he hoped for an opportunity to team with Isaiah Thomas in Boston. 

"Me and Isaiah Thomas would be a great backcourt," Fultz said. "I think the opportunity that would be there would be amazing, just for him to play off the ball, where I think he’s better at, or for him to play on-ball and I could play off the ball. I think the chemistry would be amazing." 

The Lakers will pick second, a scenario that could grant Ball's family's wish that he end up in Los Angeles. Sacramento’s pick moved into the top three, causing the 76ers to exercise their option to swap picks with the Kings.

Co-owner Wyc Grousbeck was the Celtics’ representative on stage at the event, fellow co-owner Steve Pagliuca was in the room for the actual lottery process. 

The order of the draft lottery is as follows: 

1. Celtics
2. Lakers
3. 76ers
4. Suns 
5. Kings
6. Magic
7. Timberwolves
8. Knicks
9. Mavericks
10. Kings
11. Hornets
12. Pistons
13. Nuggets
14. Heat

The winning pick, along with three others, was acquired from Brooklyn in the 2013 offseason trade that sent Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Jason Terry and T.J. White to the Nets. 


Kevin Garnett predicts Marcus Morris' game-winner right before it happens

Kevin Garnett predicts Marcus Morris' game-winner right before it happens

Kevin Garnett was paying close attention to Tuesday night's thriller between the Celtics and Thunder.

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On KG's Area 21, the former Celtics great watched as Boston rallied in the game's final minute to make a stunning comeback. Right before Marcus Morris drilled the game-winner, Garnett called it by saying, "The Morris twin will end up shooting this or something because he like 'yeah I'm about the moment'"

Not a bad call. Morris certainly was "about the moment" Tuesday night as he has been multiple times this season.


Jayson Tatum comes up big vs Paul George, Thunder

Jayson Tatum comes up big vs Paul George, Thunder

BOSTON – Jayson Tatum had another strong performance for the Boston Celtics, doing so against the Oklahoma City Thunder and Paul George, a player Tatum has acknowledged on more than one occasion he has looked up to. 

That admiration didn’t get in the way of Tatum delivering a big-time performance in helping Boston rally from six points down with 12.7 seconds to play, to knock off the Thunder 100-99.

Tatum tallied a double-double of 23 points and 11 rebounds. And doing so at 20 years and 17 days old, Tatum became the youngest player in franchise history to tally at least 20 points and 10 rebounds in the same game.

“It feels good,” Tatum said when asked about his first 20-plus point, 10-plus rebound game in the NBA. “But honestly, I’m just glad we won. That was a big win against a great team and it was fun playing out there today.”

Impacting the game on multiple levels offensively along with being a defensive and rebounding force are qualities often associated with George who became familiar with Tatum prior to last June’s NBA draft which is when the Celtics selected him with the third overall pick. 

“I reached out to him before he was coming into this draft and I got to talk to him,” said George, who had 24 points and a game-high 13 rebounds against the Celtics. “It’s an honor when you see young talent. I‘ve been inspired by many in this league so it’s great to inspire the younger generation in this league.”

And while Tatum may be young, he continues to prove himself up for whatever challenges await him. 

“We are going to keep throwing to the wolves and keep going to him in those moments,” said Celtics head coach Brad Stevens.

Boston closed out the game with an 8-1 spurt in the final 24.7 seconds, with Tatum either scoring or assisting on five of those points which includes assistant on Marcus Morris’ game-winner.

Tatum’s composure down the stretch comes from being influenced by many, including George who considers it “an honor” that Tatum holds him in high regard. 

“At the end of the day, us veteran guys want the younger guys to take the game further and advance much farther than what I was,” George said. “There’s going to be kids looking up to Jayson (Tatum) that are probably already looking up to Jayson (Tatum).”