By Peter Gleason
The Sixers finished third in Tuesday night’s NBA Draft Lottery, and if they pick as well in the June 25th draft as they did last year with the third pick, they and their fans will be very happy.
In 2014, they chose Kansas center Joel Embiid, who after a year in rehab from a foot fracture is raring to go in the fall.
The Sixers, who had a 15.6 percent chance at winning the lottery, also would have gotten the Los Angeles Lakers’ pick if it fell outside of the top five, and the Miami Heat pick if it fell outside of the top 10. The Lakers got the second pick and the Heat got the 11th pick.
The top two picks have been projected to be Kentucky’s Karl-Anthony Towns and Duke’s Jahlil Okafor. That could leave Ohio State’s D’Angelo Russell or Emmanuel Mudiay, who played in China last season, on the table for the pick.