Photo Credit: USA TODAY Sports - Bill Streicher

Photo Credit: USA TODAY Sports - Bill Streicher

Sixers Swap Into Top 3; Lakers Keep Their Pick This Year

On a night of good fortune for multiple storied NBA franchises, the Sixers had some magic left from Sam Hinkie’s tenure as GM. They moved up a spot in the 2017 NBA Draft Lottery to the third overall selection. The Boston Celtics, who owned the best odds via Brookyln’s first round pick, won the first overall selection. The Los Angeles Lakers moved up to second, and in doing so kept their pick for this year and for 2019. The Sixers will now get the Lakers’ first round pick next season with no protections.

The Lottery results actually had the Sacramento Kings moving into the third spot, but thanks to a pick swap from their 2015 trade, the Sixers were able to trade positions with the Kings from the fifth spot.

Looking forward to the draft, the Sixers will have a choice of multiple high upside prospects. In all likelihood, the Celtics will select Washington’s Markell Fultz with the #1 pick. At #2, Los Angeles will probably take UCLA’s Lonzo Ball (who has expressed interest in playing for his hometown Lakers). On most big boards, the third best player is Josh Jackson from Kansas. However, Brett Brown said this week that the team wouldn’t necessarily choose the best player available.

Taking that into consideration, the Sixers would likely want to select a guard. De’Aaron Fox, Malik Monk, Dennis Smith Jr., and Frank Ntilikina are the other top guards in this year’s class. Johnathan Isaac or Jayson Tatum could also be possibilities, depending on how the team sees their skill set fitting onto the roster.

The NBA Draft takes place on June 22nd. Keep an eye out here on Pattison Ave for a first round mock draft.