76ers Promising Rookies Playing Time, Big Market
The Philadelphia 76ers came out of Tuesday night's NBA Draft Lottery with the third and tenth overall pick in next month's draft.
Philadelphia had the second-worst record during the regular season, giving them a 19.9% chance at the top pick. Among the top four picks, they had the lowest chance of landing third (17.1%).
"We have a lot to be hopeful for with two top-ten picks in a draft like this, which is something a lot of teams would give a lot for," Sam Hinkie said moments after the order was revealed. "We're excited. There is a lot of work to be done in the weeks ahead, but we are looking forward to it."
The tenth pick was owned by the New Orleans Pelicans, but was sent to the 76ers as part of the Jrue Holiday trade.
"Depending on who you might have asked today, they might have said they were more nervous about the picks at the back half of the lottery and how that might go," Hinkie said in reference to the New Orleans pick. "We are pleased to have ended up where we did."
Despite not reaching the ultimate goal of landing the first overall pick, Philadelphia will still have the chance to pick Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker or Joel Embiid -- whoever is still available.
"There's a lot of work to be done. I think some of those players will come in and have physicals. Some will come in and meet with various teams. All the agents make decisions on how they want to do that, how they want to handle that," Hinkie added.
"I suspect, from our discussions thus far, that most of the top players find Philadelphia a really attractive place. They want to be in a place where they'll have opportunity, they want to be in a big market and they recognize what a big platform it is to play in Philadelphia. They also want to get better and they realize with our coaching staff and roster, you can come and play and get better."