Celtics aim for big wins on Monday and Tuesday

"It was emotional", Taylor said of standing on the stage on national television that night as the Wolves' card was revealed as the lottery victor.

"If we get the lottery balls to bounce our way, we have a great attack plan for the draft", Pelinka said. "Karl has been just a terrific addition to our team".

The lottery will be held at 8:30 p.m. EST on Tuesday, May 16th. Having finished 26-56, the third-worst record in the National Basketball Association, they have a 15.6% chance to get the first overall pick, a 15.74% chance to get the second overall pick and a 15.58% chance to get the third pick.

Well a 46.9 percent chance of staying in the top three is good, right? Before the lottery, 1,000 of those 1,001 combinations will be assigned to the 14 participating lottery teams. As of right now, Draft Express has the Phoenix Suns selecting second and the Philadelphia 76ers getting the fourth overall pick. Using that same tool and data, we can count the number of lottery picks each college has produced as a program.

It will be interesting to see where the Charlotte Hornets' pick ends up this year. The Wolves slid from No. 2 to No. 5 in 1993. But the lottery gives any of 14 teams with the worst records this season a chance at the top slot. Minnesota drafted Christian Laettner.

The past four years haven't been kind to Lakers fans, and now the team finds themselves with the odds (slightly) against them in the draft lottery.

That same logic could apply to a draft class loaded with point guards - Washington's Markelle Fultz, UCLA's Lonzo Ball, and Kentucky's De'Aaron Fox are expected to go in three of the four top picks - and with Isaiah Thomas still the man in Boston. So the Celtics could enjoy the best of both worlds: the opportunity to compete for a title this season and the ability to add their choice of impact players when the draft takes place June 22. Center Joel Embiid hopes to enhance the rebuilding process in Philadelphia and bring some lottery night luck when he represents the Sixers.

"So it isn't that we can make a lot of moves", Taylor said. The late Wolves coach and president tried "anything that was imaginable" for a little extra luck. Now, let's get to the Top 50 NBA Draft Prospects. Last year it was Towns; this year it's Wiggins.

See the draft order and lottery odds here.

Arguably the most exciting two minutes in sports is upon us as ping-pong balls, awkward close-ups and guaranteed disappointment will be in full force. Collecting young talent is nice, but Taylor said the Wolves need veterans to balance out a promising young lineup.

We learned the average lottery pick resulted in a WS/48 of 5.26 which has a similarity score most comparable to Trail Blazers F Meyers Leonard (5.30). This week is shaping up to be one of the most exciting or disappointing in recent Celtic history, and what happens Tuesday night could go a long way in determining that.

Taylor isn't counting on it.

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