Lottery Mock Draft Machine

ESPN debuted its 2014 NBA Lottery Mock Draft machine on Thursday. It's exactly the spot that can make any Boston Celtics fan feel better about a six-game losing streak (even if this took more clicks than I expected to generate):

Celtics at No. 1

You'll notice there's not a lot of options to generate for Boston. Most clicks will end with Boston grabbing Kentucky center Willie Cauley-Stein in the mid-lottery. But with enough clicks we did get a few different scenarios like landing Kansas freshman center Joel Embiid at No.3 (not a bad consolation prize). But maybe the most unique instance we saw: Boston not landing in the lottery, which means they landed in the playoffs in that simulation.

Over at Insider, ESPN's Chad Ford explains why he believes the Celtics would take Parker at No. 1: "If the Celtics somehow manage to land the No. 1 pick, I think it will be hard for Danny Ainge to pass on Parker. Ainge is a fan, and while he loves to draft upside, Parker is a great long-term fit for them. Ainge can pretty easily trade Jeff Green and get more assets back, which is a bonus. The dark horse is Embiid."