Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Sixers to select 3rd and 10th in upcoming NBA Draft

PHILADELPHIA – Tanking isn't what it's all cracked up to me.

At the end of the day, 19 wins bought the the 76ers the third overall pick in June's NBA Draft. The Sixers will also receive the 10th overall pick from New Orleans as part of the Jrue Holiday trade last summer in which Philadelphia also acquired the rights to Nerlens Noel, the sixth overall pick in the 2013 draft.

"This is an exciting night for our franchise," absentee general manager Sam Hinkie said in a rare appearance in front of the media . "We all know the NBA Draft is an important way for us to add players, and the depth of talent available this year is a great start."

This marks the third time the Sixers have held the third overall pick, with the most recent selection being Jerry Stackhouse in 1995.  Recent notable players drafted third overall include Bradley Beal (2012), James Harden (2009), Deron Williams (2005) and Carmelo Anthony (2003).  Michael Jordan was the third overall pick in 1984.

This is the first time the Sixers have held multiple lottery picks heading into a draft.  The Sixers also own four second round picks in the upcoming draft (32nd, 39th, 47th and 54th overall picks).

Last season, the Sixers had the 11th overall pick and selected Michael Carter-Williams who was recently named Rookie of the Year.  He became the first “double-digit” draft pick to win the award since Mark Jackson in 1988.

The 2014 NBA Draft will be held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Thursday, June 26 at 7 p.m
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