Sixers Don’t Win Draft Lottery, Will Draft 3rd and 10th Overall
It didn't go exactly how Sam Hinkie planned it, but he'll have to take it.
The Sixers did not win the NBA Draft lottery on Tuesday night, but didn't a worst case scenario was averted.
Represented by one of the franchise greatest players, Julius Erving, the Sixers made it into the top three selections, but things stopped there.
The Sixers will draft third overall in next months draft. They will also have the tenth overall selection, officially now owning the New Orleans Pelicans pick acquired in a Jrue Holiday trade last season.
The Cleveland Cavaliers, who had a 1.7 percent chance leapfrogged more than ten selections and won the draft lottery for the second consecutive season. The Milwaukee Bucks, who had the leagues worst record, will draft second.
Many experts believe this draft has a top tier of three players: Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker and Joel Embiid. The Sixers are guaranteed to leave with one of those three players, in addition to a second top ten player.
Before the NBA Draft lottery, ESPN insider Chad Ford tweeted that Cleveland was among the teams considering Parker as the first overall selection. The Sixers, according to Ford, would have considered Wiggins first overall. It is unknown if those opinions have changed after the results were revealed.
The last time Philadelphia wound up with the third overall selection was in 1995 when the team drafted North Carolina guard Jerry Stackhouse. Philadelphia native and Tarheels teammate Rasheed Wallace went fourth overall, followed by 15x all-star power forward Kevin Garnett.
Let's hope history doesn't repeat itself.
Here are the full lottery results:
7. Los Angeles Lakers
9. Charlotte (via Detroit)
10. Philadelphia (via New Orleans)
12. Orlando (via Denver)