Things are looking up in Philly, thanks to Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid and Dario Saric. After trading up to get Markelle Fultz last year, the Sixers will hope for more luck, or, at worst, to stay at No. 10 and draft another player who can step in and help right away.
That the Lakers owe this year’s pick to the Sixers is remarkable, given that it was only top-three protected each of the past three years because of the ill-fated Steve Nash trade from six years ago and the Lakers managed to finish with the second pick three years running. Now that it’s unprotected, there’s no such luck this time: