NBA Draft Lottery 2017: Where could the Sixers pick? Lottery scenarios for Philadelphia
The Philadelphia 76ers finally had the ping-pong balls bounce their way last year when they won the NBA draft lottery for the opportunity to select Ben Simmons with the first pick last summer.
The Sixers might not be as likely to win the right to the first pick in next month’s draft tonight, but they’re still in position to end up with a chance to select one — or more — impact players.
Here’s a look at some of the scenarios for the Sixers on Tuesday night.
Trades, trades, trades
The Sixers made a couple shrewd trades over the past couple seasons that could put them in good position to end up with multiple high picks. Overall, the team has the fourth-best odds of grabbing the top overall pick — 11.9 percent — and a nearly one-in-four chance of getting a top-two pick at 24.5 percent.
But the Sixers have the right to swap picks with the Sacramento Kings (eighth-best odds at 2.8 percent, 6.1 percent) if the Kings leap the Sixers in the lottery. And if the Los Angeles Lakers (third-best odds at 15.6 percent, 31.3 percent) fall out of the top three, that pick goes to Philadelphia. So there’s the potential to be quite a bit of moving.
So the chance for some movement between the Kings and Lakers helps boost the Sixers’ odds for high picks.
Here, from NBA.com, are the odds when the Kings pick swap is taken into account:
- No. 1: 14.7 percent
- No. 2: 15.1 percent
- No. 3: 15.4 percent
And when the Lakers pick is factored in:
- Two picks in top four: 8.7 percent
- Two picks in top five: 39.6 percent
- Two picks in top six: 52.3 percent
- Two picks in top seven: 53.1 percent
So the Sixers are in a solid position to get an infusion of talent from a draft class that has some enticing, young talent.
The Sixers have picked in the top three in the past three years — Joel Embiid, No. 3, 2014; Jahlil Okafor, No. 3, 2015; Ben Simmons, No. 1, 2016 — and no team has had that happen four seasons in a row.
The lottery is a notoriously unpredictable event, and there’s always a solid chance for something unprecedented to happen. And there’s a good chance it could benefit the Sixers greatly down the line.