NBA Draft Lottery Fallout: Ainge Reigns Supreme, Lonzo Likely a Laker & the Knicks get Knick’d
By: Alex Marcheschi
The draft lottery just went down and Danny Ainge is doing the Irish jig on the grave of Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov. The Celtics landed the number one pick as a result of the deal that sent KG and Paul Pierce to the Nets a few years back.
The Nets mortgaged their future in order to try to compete with the Heatles for a ring, and it did not pay off in the least. In fact, it set their franchise back many years.
The Lakers, who were in danger of losing their pick if it fell out of the top three, breathed a huge sigh of relief as the ping pong balls came up their way. They’ll have the second pick and it looks like LaVar Ball’s grand plan to send his son to the Lakers will actually come to fruition as many believe the Celtics will take Markelle Fultz.
The Sixers, who could have walked away with two top four picks in a perfect world, will have to settle for the third pick and nothing else. The Knicks got Knick’d in classic fashion, falling to the eighth pick after winning the last game of the season vs. the Sixers to lessen their chances of getting a high pick. Many believe that the top seven picks in this draft are set in stone and that there’s a big drop off after that, so that was a bitter pill for NYK fans.
The Kings got lucky and were able to keep their pick that came via the Boogie for Buddy trade, and thank God, because if they lost it that would have made the trade the worst in NBA history.
Here are the full results, my guy is De’Aaron Fox, I’m praying he doesn’t fall to the Kings: