Philadelphia 76ers: 15 greatest draft picks in franchise history

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The Philadelphia 76ers are one of the most historic franchises of all-time. Which NBA Draft picks have stood out over the years?

Starting with the Syracuse Nationals’ first season in 1946 and stretching to the Philadelphia 76ers‘ most recent playoff run, we here at The Sixer Sense have the pleasure of covering one of the most historically relevant teams in the league.

When a franchise has the kind of history that this Sixers team has, there are normally some great players involved. Wilt Chamberlain put the Sixers on the map in the 1960s, while Julius Erving was one of the most electric players of all-time during his 11-year tenure with the team.

But, with the 2018 NBA Draft Lottery on May 15, we’ve decided to dive into the Sixers’ draft history. Neither Chamberlain nor Erving were drafted by the Sixers, but plenty of other greats came through the organization organically.

Glenn Wilkes, who is currently in the Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame for his coaching accomplishments, was the franchise’s first draft pick in 1950. The most recent chapter in Sixers’ draft history, of course, starts with Markelle Fultz, who was the team’s No. 1 pick in 2017.

In between, the Sixers have drafted a slew of all-time greats and championship-winning players. Here are the 15 best draftees who have donned Sixers (or Nationals) jerseys.