Celtics do not land a lottery pick in 2018 NBA Draft

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Stage hands prepare the set for the NBA basketball draft lottery in Chicago. –AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast

The Celtics did not land a pick in the 2018 NBA Draft Lottery Tuesday night. The Phoenix Suns won the top pick, followed by the Scaramento Kings at No. 2, and the Atlanta Hawks at No. 3.

The rest of the lottery order: 4. Memphis Grizzlies; 5. Dallas Mavericks; 6. Orlando Magic; 7. Chicago Bulls; 8. Cleveland Cavaliers; 9. New York Knicks; 10. Philadelphia 76ers; 11. Charlotte Hornets; 12. Los Angeles Clippers; 13. Los Angeles Clippers; 14. Denver Nuggets.

The Celtics had a chance to land in the top three for the third straight year. After trading last year’s No. 1 overall pick to the 76ers, the Celtics would receive the Lakers’ first-round pick if it landed at No. 2 or No. 3. The chances of that happening were less than 3 percent. Since the Lakers’ pick did not land in the No. 2 or No. 3 spot, the Celtics’ will receive a first-round pick from the 76ers in 2019. The 76ers have Sacramento’s 2019 first-round pick in addition to their own. Boston would get the higher of the two picks, unless it is first overall, which means they would get the other pick. Boston holds the No. 27 overall pick in this year’s draft.

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Assistant general manager Mike Zarren was chosen to represent the Celtics in the drawing room, while team president Rich Gotham was selected to be in the main stage area.

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