The Philadelphia 76ers emerged from the NBA Lottery with the third and tenth overall selections in a draft that most level-headed analysts agree is one of the best in a generation. So, not a bad evening.
And yet lottery night marked something of a disappointment for the Sixers, who under the watchful eye of General Manager Sam Hinkie threw a season about a brazenly as a team can.
In pursuit of the lottery win that eluded them on Tuesday, Hinkie and company finished 27th in the NBA in defensive efficiency, last on offense and at the bottom in shooting, per ESPN, and ended the season with a negative-10.5 point differential that was the poorest in the NBA since the then-Charlotte Bobcats did whatever it is they did in 2011-12.
A peculiar tendency to win close games and the unforeseeable awfulness of the Milwaukee Bucks was all that stood between Philadelphia and the NBA’s worst record.
But, alas, for all this, Philadelphia wasn’t rewarded with the No. 1 pick in the draft, or even the No. 2 slot that tracked its ping-pong ball odds.
They did leave with a haul though. Thanks to the Jrue Holiday-Nerlens Noel swap Hinkie executed on draft night in 2013, Philadelphia also owns the New Orleans Pelicans' No. 10 selection.
That's some propitious draft positioning, and it follows that some tremendous players will be available when Philadelphia chooses at each spot. What follows are three players the Sixers will likely consider at each position.