Valid question — something that everyone was wondering after the trade deadline, when it appeared that the Sixers would be drafting a person with every other pick in the second round. Since the season is over, it’s time to look at the Sixers draft status in 2014. What picks do they actually have? We have an answer for you.
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There isn’t much confusion about the Sixers selections in the first-round. Philly own’s their own first-round pick, which is guaranteed to be a top-five selection. The Sixers also own the New Orleans Pelicans first-round selection, which his slotted at No. 10 in the draft lottery right now. This pick is top-five protected, so the Pelicans will retain the pick if it falls in the first five selections. The Sixers also owe a first-round pick to the Boston Celtics, from the Arnett Moultrie acquisition during the dark times of the Doug Collins era. This pick was originally owed to the Miami Heat, but that selection was traded to Boston this season.
This is where some of the confusion starts to happen, especially since the Sixers have five second-round draft picks in the 2014 NBA Draft. The Sixers own their own second-round pick, which will be selection numbers 32, or the second pick in the second-round. This is a great spot, because if someone falls into the second-round, the Sixers can pick them up on a non-guarenteed contract.
The next second-round pick, will be the ninth selection in the second-round, which came over from the Spencer Hawes trade with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Thanks for everything Spencer! After that selection, comes the 17th pick in the second-round, which is from the Brooklyn Nets, which came from a draft night trade where the Sixers sent Ricky Ledo to Dallas for this pick. This selection has traded hands a number of times since the 2013 draft.
Next, is the 21st second-round selection, which is from the Memphis Grizzlies. Originally, this is the second pick that Philly acquired from the Spencer Hawes deal, but it traded hands to Memphis. After that, comes the 25th selection in the second-round, from the Houston Rockets. Originally, this pick came when the Sixers shipped the rights to Nate Wolters for Ricky Ledo and a seoncd-round pick, which the Sixers then shipped Ledo for another second-round pick. Confusing, right?
So, the Sixers own the second and 10th slots in the first-round, which will be determined on May 20th during the NBA Draft lottery. In the second-round, the Sixers currently have the second, ninth, 17th, 21st and 25th picks in the second-round of the NBA Draft. One would assume that Hinkie will package some of these picks together to move up in the draft at some point. One thing is certain — Sam Hinkie will be wheeling and dealing on draft night, just like last year.
Reminder: The 2014 NBA Draft Lottery is LESS THAN A MONTH AWAY. Ping pong balls, WOO!