When the Sixers made the decision to move up to select Markelle Fultz in the 2017 NBA Draft, they sent the Boston Celtics an extra draft pick.  The stipulation of that pick was the Sixers will send the better of their own 2019 pick and the Kings' selection. However, the Celtics will receive the lesser pick if either 2019 pick is No. 1 overall.

Well, according to the latest ESPN.com mock draft, that's exactly what might happen.

The odds of Sixers landing the No. 1 overall pick this coming season aren’t high, but if Sacramento has another poor season, the Sixers could be in luck, and that could land the Sixers the top-pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.

ESPN’s win-loss projections based on real plus-minus gives the Kings worst projected record in the league this season, which would give them the best chance at the No. 1 overall pick in next June’s draft.

With the top-pick in ESPN analyst Jonathan Givony’s most recent mock draft has the Sixers selecting Duke freshman R.J. Barrett.


Here is what ESPN.com had to say about Barrett being the No. 1 overall pick:

R.J. Barrett played in two games with the Canadian senior national team as part of their FIBA World Cup qualifiers, scoring 27 points on 18 shots in 45 minutes. He started alongside four NBA players -- Cory Joseph, Dillon Brooks, Kelly Olynyk and Dwight Powell -- and did not look out of place one bit.

As you root on the Sixers to make a deep run in the Eastern Conference playoffs, and possibility all the way to the NBA Finals, it’s worth keeping an eye on the Sacramento Kings season, to see if the Sixers can land another top-level prospect.

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