The Celtics were awarded the first overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft at Tuesday’s lottery in New York.
Boston, which received the pick from the Brooklyn Nets, had a 25 percent chance to win the top spot. The pick could not have fallen past No. 4.
The Los Angeles Lakers got the second overall pick, and the third pick went to the Philadelphia 76ers.
The Celtics’ four-number winning combination was 7-1-9-10. Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck was the team’s representative on stage at the lottery, and co-owner Steve Pagliuca witnessed the drawing.
“We got a lot offers in February before the trade deadline, and I’m glad we didn’t trade the pick,” Grousbeck said Tuesday. “You can write that!”
Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said it was a fun night. “We just watched it for 10 or 15 minutes and felt the butterflies coming and the nerves about 15 minutes before they started,” he said. “Wyc pulled it home for us.”
Among the top prospects in the draft are Washington guard Markelle Fultz, UCLA guard Lonzo Ball, Kansas forward Josh Jackson, and Duke forward Jayson Tatum.