Despite much clamoring from the fanbase about winning too much down the end of the season (something we did not agree with), the Hawks actually moved up one spot and will select 3 overall on June 21 when the NBA Draft takes place.
The Phoenix Suns won the first overall pick for the first time in franchise history, so they have every reason to whoop it up.
Jackson added that he hopes the Suns select Arizona center Deandre Ayton, who is regarded as the top available draft prospect. It would be dumb if they didn't.
Real Madrid guard Luka Doncic, Michigan State forward Jaren Jackson Jr. and Duke forward Marvin Bagley III are among the other highly regarded names. And then things will get super-interesting.
Rounding out the top five, the Memphis Grizzlies, who missed the playoffs for the first time in eight years gained the No. 4 pick.
The team had the league's worst record and the best chance of getting the No. 1 pick, at 25 percent. The fourth overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, Jackson ended the season by scoring at least 15 points in each of his final 12 games, the longest such streak by a Suns rookie since Walter Davis in 1978. The Kings jumped up from the No. 7 slot to land the No. 2 pick. What they do with the pick now, however, is a whole different conversation.
The lottery change came after the Celtics agreed to the trade in which they received the pick and the No. 3 choice used on Tatum in exchange for the No. 1 overall pick the 76ers used on Markelle Fultz.
The draft will be held June 21 at Barclays Center in NY. Only a handful of team representatives, National Basketball Association officials and media knew the outcome of the lottery before it was revealed publicly and they were all sequestered until the results were aired. 12 and 13 with the Detroit Pistons' pick (No. 12) falling outside the top four. That means his vote, for now anyway, is Ayton.