There was only one person who the Philadelphia 76ers could possibly take to New York to be their representative at the 2017 NBA Draft Lottery – Joel Embiid.
The 76ers found themselves a bit of ‘luck of the ping pong balls’ to secure the third pick in the NBA Draft, and when Embiid found out that they would, he had one of the greatest reactions in NBA Draft Lottery history:
— Steve Noah (@Steve_OS) May 17, 2017
The 76ers pick came due to a salary dump trade by the Sacramento Kings in 2015. The Kings sent Nik Stauskas, Jason Thompson and Carl Landry to Philly in exchange for the rights to Arturas Gudaitis and Luka Mitrovic. To make it worth Sam Hinkie’s while, the Kings threw in two draft picks – the Kings’ 2019 first round pick, and the rights to swap either the 2016 or 2017 pick. With the 76ers winning the lottery last year, there was no way that they were going to trade that. So when the 76ers pick came out at #5, the swap was on.