The NBA Draft Lottery Has Arrived

Photo: Grantland

Photo: Grantland

Ladies and gentleman, welcome to the 2013-2014 Philadelphia 76ers season!

In all seriousness, this is really what every Sixers fan has been waiting for since the 2013 Draft, when it became evident the team was punting the actual basketball portion of this season away as part one of a several year rebuild.

I know the lottery has been the event I’ve been looking forward too since it will finally clear up which talent we can finally place in a 76ers uniform. The draft is just a formality, the drama is all in the ping pong balls. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever looked forward to a non-athletic event sporting event more than this lottery.

The good news is that the Sixers, who currently have the second highest percentages of landing the top pick, can do no worse than five.  And there are definitely five terrific players available if not more.

Of course, the worry is that they fall out of the top three and miss out on the opportunity for Wiggins and Parker. I don’t really want any part of Embiid and I don’t believe there’s any chance Wiggins and Parker will not go 1-2 when it’s all said and done on June 26.

Obviously Wiggins is my preferred pick for this team, I’ve watched almost all of his college games and while he may not have been as productive as Parker, he seems like his upside is greater, plus he plays better defense.

While I will be satisfied with Wiggins or Parker, I’ll be happy with Julius Randle or Aaron Gordon too.

The thing is, since the Sixers are likely to get the Pelicans pick (No.10) coming out of this draft with two very good prospects, say Randle and Gary Harris, is just as good, if not better than walking away with only Wiggins or Parker.

I’m not expecting them to land a top two pick, in part because of the sheer nature how how the lottery is rigged in favor of team’s the league wants to see succeed, such an unpredictable beast and two, the Sixers performed the greatest tank job in modern sports history this year. I kinda think karma might come back and bite them for that.

**The Basketball Gods can only watch a five man rotation of Eric Maynor, Byron Mullens, James Anderson, Henry Sims and poor, poor Thad Young before they start getting suspicious.**

**Also, I don’t know if the above was an actual combination of basketball talent for the Sixers at one point this season, but the sad part is you probably believed it to be true didn’t you?

All year long I’ve felt like they will end up at No.3, so I’ll leave that as my official prediction.

All I know is all those hours reading Chad Ford’s scouting reports and mock drafts as well as highlight videos, college basketball games and playing with ESPN’s Lottery Mock Draft simulator will finally pay off come Tuesday evening.

And while it will be disappointing not to come away with the top pick, when it comes to the unpredictable NBA Draft lottery, one of the few guarantees is that it will be a successful night for the Sixers no matter how it plays out.

 

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