May 18, 1997: No Time Duncan for Celtics

The only reward for being the worst team in an NBA season comes in having the top pick in the ensuing draft.

As was the case with the Celtics of that era, things didn't quiet work out.

Instead of picking first – and no doubt selecting Tim Duncan – the draft lottery ping-pong balls the Celtics would pick third. They also owned the No. 6 pick, via a deal with the Dallas Mavericks.

The No. 3 pick turned out to be Chauncey Billups; No. 6 was Ron Mercer.

The Rick Pitino Years, the Celtics' leanest years in decades, droned on.

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