The Celtics would have gotten the Lakers’ pick if it fell between selections 2-5, but since the Lakers finished with the 10th worst record in the NBA, the pick would only go to Boston if it landed at second or third overall.
Boston had a 1.30 percent chance at securing the second pick and a 1.57 percent chance the third pick, aggregating to a whopping 2.87 percent at gaining a third consecutive top three draft pick.
The Lakers pick at no. 10 will go to the 76ers.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 16, 2018
The Celtics will now get the more favorable of Sacramento’s 2019 1st-round pick and Philadelphia’s 2019 1st-round pick, unless one of those picks are 1st overall, in which case the top pick will go to the 76ers.
The Sixers now own the #10 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft while the Celtics will be left with their own pick at 27th overall. The #NetsPick that was traded to Cleveland in the Isaiah Thomas-Kyrie Irving trade remained at #8.
So the Kyrie Irving deal is complete - the Cavs traded a top-10 NBA player to Boston for...Isaiah Thomas (turned into Jordan Clarkson & Larry Nance Jr), Jae Crowder (turned into Rodney Hood) and the 8th-overall pick in this year’s draft. Judge it as you will.— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) May 16, 2018
This isn’t the end of Boston’s draft pick treasure chest though. Because the Lakers pick did not convey, they own the Sacramento Kings’ first round pick next year as long as it does not land at #1. They also own the Los Angeles Clippers’ lottery-protected first round pick, the Memphis Grizzlies top-eight protected first round pick next season and their own first rounder in 2019. However, the Kings did move up in tonight’s lottery from #7 to #2.
The 2018 NBA Draft is scheduled for June 21st at 7 p.m. EST in Brooklyn.