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Philadelphia 76ers Win Big in Draft Lottery

May 25th, 2014 at 11:31 AM
By Nate Derosena

The Philadelphia 76ers, after the horrific season they had which included an NBA worst 26 game losing streak, have much to look forward to during their rebuilding process during this off season. During the 2014 NBA Draft Lottery, the 76ers were awarded the third and tenth picks in this year’s NBA Draft. On top of that, the 76ers have an additional five picks in the draft this year. The team has been presented with the perfect opportunity to add more to its roster and build on this young team.

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The 76ers first earned the tenth pick in the draft. This pick is a result of the trade that sent Jrue Holiday to New Orleans; the pick would go to Philadelphia so long that it was a pick that was lower than the fifth pick. It was then revealed that the team would be receiving one of the top three picks in the draft, with the Milwaukee Bucks and the Cleveland Cavaliers being the other two teams receiving a top three pick. After a suspenseful wait, it was revealed that the 76ers would be receiving the third pick as well in this year’s upcoming draft. Milwaukee was awarded the second pick, and for the third time in four years, Cleveland was awarded the first pick of the draft.

The third and tenth pick put the 76ers in a great position. This year’s draft is expected to be one of the best that has been seen in some time. Players such as Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker, Julius Randle, Joel Embiid, Marcus Smart, Dante Exum and many other talented players have made themselves eligible for this year’s draft, and have all been considered to be top ten prospects. Having two of the top ten picks also puts the 76ers in a great position, for they could trade one of their picks if they choose to do so. The team hopes to use this as a step towards a bright future, leaving the 2013-14 season behind it.

Tags: Andrew Wiggins, Basketball, Cleveland Cavaliers, Jabari Parker, Julius Randle, Marcus Smart, Milwaukee Bucks, NBA, Philadelphia, Philadelphia 76ers

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