The Sixers Did Their Part and Lost Last Night. It Didn’t Matter.


Photo illustration | Alyse Moyer; Photo credits, from left: Nerlens Noel (Bill Streicher, USA Today Sports), Franklin (David Dow, NBA Photos ), Brett Brown (Jason Getz, USA Today Sports) and Joel Embiid (Bill Streicher, USA Today Sports).

The Philadelphia 76ers will likely have just one first-round draft pick this year.

That wouldn’t be an issue for many teams — after all, you originally just have one — but the Sixers were in line to have as many as four. And now they’ll probably have just their own pick, currently slotted as the No. 3 selection going into the draft lottery.  Read more »

The Sixers Absolutely Need to Lose Tonight. The Problem? So Do Their Opponents.


Photo illustration | Alyse Moyer; Photo credits, from left: Nerlens Noel (Bill Streicher, USA Today Sports), Franklin (David Dow, NBA Photos ), Brett Brown (Jason Getz, USA Today Sports) and Joel Embiid (Bill Streicher, USA Today Sports).


Last month, we told you how to root for the tanking Sixers the rest of the season. It wasn’t just about watching the team develop, but rooting for certain other teams so that protected draft picks would convey to the Sixers.

Well, you didn’t root hard enough. It’s the last day of the NBA regular season, and there is a good chance the Sixers will not get any of the three first-round draft picks they acquired in trades.

It’s quite complicated, but Derek Bodner has continued to update his NBA draft pick tracker to simplify things for fans. Here’s a summary of what’s going on with the four picks the Sixers could have received this year. Read more »

Good News, Sixers Fans: Draft Lottery Reform Voted Down

The NBA’s owners have voted down NBA draft lottery reform, Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski reports. Reform would have punished teams like the Sixers that have and will spend several seasons at the bottom of the NBA in order to get multiple shots at top players.

Owners voted for the change, 17-13, but it needed 23 votes to pass.

It’s a shocking vote, as draft lottery reform was expected to pass easily, with only the Sixers and Thunder opposed. Just yesterday the Sixers had “given up” attempting to prevent lottery reform from passing.

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Sixers Get No. 3 and No. 10 Picks; Dr. J Is Confused and Sad


All that tanking — the trades of Jrue Holiday on draft day 2013 and in-season trades of the rest of the team, the loss by 45 to a team with t-shirts, the snoozing fans, the record-tying 26-game losing streak — came to a head last night. The Sixers have learned where all this tanking has put them: They’ll select in spots No. 3 and No. 10 in this year’s NBA Draft. The Sixers will pick behind Milwaukee (No. 2, a team that somehow finished with a worse record than the 76ers this year) and Cleveland (No. 1, a team that had only a 1.7% chance to nab the top pick).

While it wasn’t No. 1, Sixers fans should be cautiously happy with the outcome. They now have two top-10 picks in a deep NBA Draft along with Michael Carter-Williams, the reigning Rookie of the Year, and Nerlens Noel, the top pick they traded Holiday for last year and who sat out this year with an injury. The Sixers also picked up the Pelicans’ pick in that trade, which is the No. 10 spot this year.

The Sixers’ pick — which had the second-highest chance of being the No. 1 overall — couldn’t fall below 5. Only the order of the top three teams are selected in the NBA Draft lottery, with the rest of it being ordered by season record. That’s a little confusing, especially when the NBA announced the  Sixers’ pick as 10th. One of the confused parties: NBA legend and Sixers draft representative Julius Erving, who thought the Sixers had fallen all the way to 10th for a minute. Let’s look at his reaction in animated GIF format.

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There Is Hope: The Sixers Could Actually Look Scary-Good Next Year

Nerlens Noel and Michael Carter-Williams

I have always loved the Philadelphia 76ers.

I would go to the old Spectrum in 1973 and buy a cheap seat and eventually end up courtside. If you think the 76ers are bad now, you have a short memory. The 1972-73 team was historically bad — winning just 9 out of 82 games. They were so bad that when I sat courtside I had to suppress the urge to yell “next!” like I did to play in pick-up games.

Things quickly got better. By the mid ’70s, the 76ers were a powerhouse in the NBA. I believe the same thing can happen with the 2013-2014 version of the 76ers.

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Is There Any Reason to Watch the Sixers the Rest of the Season?

Philadelphia 76ers guard Michael Carter-Williams (1) is defended by Miami Heat guard Norris Cole (30) during the fourth quarter at Wells Fargo Center.

Tuesday night, the Sixers gave out “Together We Build” blueprints to the 372 fans in attendance at the Wells Fargo Center. The next important date in the 76ers’ rebuild? Early season ticket renewals for fans!

The team lied, though, as the next big day was the trade deadline on Thursday. Yesterday, the Sixers swung four trades, acquiring five players and five second-round draft picks in exchange for Spencer Hawes, Evan Turner and Lavoy Allen and a second-round pick.

What the heck is going on?

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