Tonight, at Disney/ABC’s Times Square Studios in New York City, the 76ers will discover their draft-night fate. They'll know the draft slot for their pick and New Orleans', and whether the Pelicans retain their selection or owe it to the Sixers as compensation for a trade last summer.
The Sixers find themselves pinning their hopes on the
ping-pong balls of the NBA’s Draft lottery for the 13th time in its
30 years of existence. Here’s a look at the mathematical odds for the Sixers’
pick in relation to particular slots in the draft:
No. 1 … 19.9 percent
No. 2 … 18.8
No. 3 … 17.1
No. 4 … 31.9
No. 5 … 12.3
In addition to their lottery selection, the Sixers hold
the rights to New Orleans’ first-round pick – assuming the Pelicans don’t win
the lottery and land anywhere in the top 3. Here’s a breakdown of the Pelicans’
statistical odds in the lottery:
No. 1 … 1.1 percent
No. 2 … 1.3
No. 3 … 1.6
No. 10 … 87.0
No. 11 … 8.9
No. 12 … 0.2
No. 13 … 0.1
Other notes on the NBA Draft lottery:
- The Sixers hold potentially two lottery selections:
theirs and New Orleans’. The Pelicans’ pick is top-five protected, so if they
“win the lottery” and land in one of the top-three picks, they would retain it.
The Sixers would be owed a top-five protected, first-round selection for the
2015 draft as future compensation.
- The Sixers’ draft-lottery representative will be Julius
Erving. Last year, it was majority owner Joshua Harris.
- As the Sixers’ good luck charm, Dr. J will bring with
him shards of glass from a backboard broken by Darryl Dawkins during a Dec. 5,
1979 game against San Antonio. Cherry Hill native Jake Spencer, the holder of
the glass bits, had his entry selected during a team contest in conjunction
with 97.5 FM The Fanatic.
- Only four times has the team with the league’s
second-worst record won the lottery. The last occurrence was in 2009, with the
Los Angeles Clippers. The Sixers finished with the league’s next-to-last mark,
- Only once have the Sixers won the lottery. That was in
1996, when they moved from No. 2 to No. 1 and selected Allen Iverson.
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