The Philadelphia 76ers used their pick swap rights to switch positions with the Sacramento Kings at Tuesday’s NBA Draft Lottery and will now pick third in the June 22 draft.

“I am excited that we got the No. 3 pick as we continue to add to our young core of rising stars,” Philadelphia 76ers Managing General Partner Josh Harris said in a press release. “We want to build a team that can contend for a championship, and tonight gives us a tremendous opportunity to add another talented player to our roster.”

If not for the pick swap, obtained by former Sixers GM Sam Hinkie back in 2015, the Sixers would have been picking fifth.  Instead thanks to the now infamous move by Sacramento, the Sixers were able to flip-flop positions and keep in mind, own another unprotected first-round pick from the Kings in 2019.


NBA Draft lottery order

1. Boston Celtics
2. Los Angeles Lakers
3. Philadelphia 76ers
4. Phoenix Suns
5. Sacramento Kings
6. Orlando Magic
7. Minnesota Timberwolves
8. New York Knicks
9. Dallas Mavericks
10. Sacramento Kings
11. Charlotte Hornets
12. Detroit Pistons
13. Denver Nuggets
14. Miami Heat