In a night of upsets at the National Basketball Association's college draft lottery Tuesday night in Secaucus, N.J., Lady Luck smiled on the Portland Trail Blazers and scorned the Milwaukee Bucks, the Boston Celtics and the Memphis Grizzlies.
The Trail Blazers jumped up five positions to finish with the No. 1 overall pick in the June 28 college draft while the Bucks tumbled down to the No. 6 spot. That was the worst possible outcome for Milwaukee, which went into the lottery holding the No. 3 position.
The Seattle SuperSonics improved three spots and will draft second, and the Atlanta Hawks moved up one position and will draft third. The Hawks would have surrendered their pick to Phoenix as part of the Joe Johnson-Boris Diaw trade if it had not fallen in the top three.
Like the Bucks, the Grizzlies and Celtics also fell three positions and will draft fourth and fifth, respectively.
Bucks general manager Larry Harris admitted to being shocked afterward.
"Not just shocked that we would fall three spots but also to see Memphis and Boston fall also," Harris said. "But we always felt that the draft is good, even if we were at three or four, and we still feel the draft is good and that we will still get a good player."
Read more here from Tom Enlund's article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinal here: