The Celtics did not get great news Wednesday night when it came to playoff seeding tiebreakers, but things did fall their way in the NBA draft lottery race. The Brooklyn Nets blew a 14-point lead against the B-squad of the Toronto Raptors and dropped their 10th straight game at Barclays Center.
The defeat gave the Nets a 21-61 record to end the regular season, clinching a solo finish for the third-worst record in the NBA. As the Celtics own the Nets’ 2016 first-round pick, Boston will have the third-best odds of landing the top overall selection in the NBA draft lottery next month.
Boston will have a 15.6 percent shot at the No. 1 pick in the 2016 NBA draft and a 46.9 percent chance at one of the top three selections. Those are the best odds for Boston in a draft lottery since the 2006-07 season when the Celtics finished with the NBA’s second-worst record.
Here is the full breakdown of Boston’s odds at each of the top six draft slots with Brooklyn’s selection, pending the results of the draft lottery.
1 – 15.6%
2 – 15.7%
3 – 15.6%
4 – 22.6%
5 – 26.5%
6 – 4%
The Celtics will also have two other first-round picks in the 2016 NBA Draft, via their own natural pick and one acquired from the Dallas Mavericks for Rajon Rondo in December 2014. The Mavericks’ selection will fall at No. 16 or No. 17 (based on a random drawing) to be performed at a later date. The Celtics’ own pick could be from anywhere in the 21-24 range, based on finishing in a four-way tie with the Hawks, Hornets and Heat in the regular season. A random drawing will decide the order of those picks as well.