Boston Celtics Secure No.1 Pick in 2017 NBA Draft May 16, 2017 18:25

The NBA draft lottery happened last night, and there were some big winners and losers throughout. No one won bigger than the Boston Celtics though, who secured the number 1 pick for the 2017 draft. 

The Celtics were already having a great season. They finished 1st in the Eastern Conference, and right now they're about to face the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals in the play offs. That makes the Celtics the first team to finish top in their conference, and get the first pick in the draft, since the Lakers drafted James Worthy in 1982.

Boston, and GM Danny Ainge in particular, have to be extra happy about the first pick, since they got it thanks to that 2013 trade deal that sent Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to the Brooklyn Nets. The Nets finished dead last this year, and could have really done with the first pick, but goes to show how important the ramifications of those big trade deals can be, even years down the line. 

Ainge received a lot of criticism earlier this year when he decided to take no action during the trade window. Had the Celtics bombed out of the play offs early, or had this draft pick not come about, that criticism might have stood, but the Celtics are looking pretty smart right now. 

While Celtics fans continue to celebrate, here's a look at the top 14 teams in the 2017 NBA draft, which will take place in June:

  1. Boston Celtics
  2. LA Lakers
  3. Philadelphia 76ers
  4. Phoenix Suns
  5. Sacramento Kings
  6. Orlando Magic
  7. Minnesota Timberwolves
  8. New York Knicks
  9. Dallas Mavericks
  10. Sacramento Kings
  11. Charlotte Hornets
  12. Detroit Pistons
  13. Denver Nuggets
  14. Miami Heat