Danny Ainge is sending Isaiah Thomas to the NBA draft lottery: ‘He’s our leprechaun’

Isaiah Thomas looks on during the second quarter of Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Atlanta Hawks on April 28. Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge picked Isaiah Thomas to represent the franchise at the 2016 NBA draft lottery on May 17. With the Celtics having a 15.6 percent chance to land the No.1 overall pick, Ainge is hoping Thomas can bring the Green some luck.

“He’s our leprechaun,” Ainge said of the Celtics’ 5’9″ point guard after draft workouts on Wednesday.

In addition to the unprotected lottery pick acquired from the Nets, the Celtics own seven other selections in the upcoming draft, more than any other team in the NBA.

As Ainge acknowledged, luck is needed at the top of the draft.


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