Notable former No. 10 NBA draft picks
The hope for a team with the 10th pick is to land upon a sleeper who can become a major contributor. The goal also is to avoid passing on a future All-Star and selecting a bust. Each of those scenarios has played out in previous NBA drafts. Take a look back at notable (for good or not-so-great reasons) No. 10 picks as the Sixers prepare to make a selection at that spot next month. (AP Images)
Drafted by the Bucks in 2011
Klay Thompson was available. So was Kawhi Leonard. And so was Jimmy Butler. The Bucks missed majorly selecting Fredette just one pick before the Warriors drafted Thompson. Fredette played five NBA seasons, never averaging more than eight points per game. He revived his career playing in the Chinese Basketball Association.
Seasons played: 5
Career stats: 6.0 points, 1.0 rebounds, 1.4 assists
Drafted by the Pacers in 2010
Before George was one of the Sixers' potential free agent targets this summer, he was a No. 10 pick. George has garnered a star-studded career over the last eight seasons, including five All-Star, three All-NBA and three All-Defensive team selections. George has a player option for next season and could be on the move from the Thunder.
Seasons played: 8 (current)
Career stats: 18.6 points, 6.2 rebounds, 3.2 assists
Drafted by the Celtics in 2001
The Pistons drafted Rodney White with the ninth pick, leaving Johnson on the board for the Celtics to snag. White played four years in the NBA. Meanwhile Johnson, 36, currently is playing in his 17th on the Rockets. He has been named to seven All-Star teams and one All-NBA team.
Seasons played: 17 (current)
Career stats: 16.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.9 assists
Drafted by the Trail Blazers in 2013
With prospects from plenty of big-name schools available, the Trail Blazers picked up McCollum out of Lehigh University and got a steal at 10. McCollum is one of the top shooters in the NBA, currently ranked ninth among active players in three-point percentage. He won the Most Improved Player award in 2016.
Seasons played: 5 (current)
Career stats: 17.2 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.9 assists
Drafted by the Celtics in 1998
Pierce never forgot nine players were drafted before him. He carried that chip on his shoulder throughout his Hall of Fame-caliber career, including the 2008 championship with the Celtics. One team that passed on the 10-time All-Star: the Sixers. They took Larry Hughes at No. 8.
Seasons played: 19
Career stats: 19.7 points, 5.6 rebounds, 3.5 assists
Drafted by the SuperSonics in 2006
The SuperSonics could have drafted JJ Redick, Rajon Rondo or Kyle Lowry, to name a few. Instead, they chose the center Sene, a decision that didn't pan out. Sene played just three seasons in the NBA. His actual time on the court was sporadic, averaging 5.5 minutes per game.
Seasons played: 3
Career stats: 2.2 points, 1.6 rebounds, 0.5 blocks
Drafted by the Hawks in 1999
Yes, that same Jason Terry still is in the NBA. The 40-year-old wrapped up his 19th season as a veteran presence on the Bucks. Terry's career highlights include winning the Sixth Man award in 2009 and a championship in 2011 with the Mavericks.
Seasons played: 19 (current)
Career stats: 13.4 points, 2.3 rebounds, 3.8 assists
Drafted by the Heat in 2015
Winslow became a familiar face to the Sixers in the first round of the playoffs this season. He is a good example of a lottery pick from a major college program (Duke) that can slide into a starter or reserve role. Winslow made a mark on the Sixers-Heat series with gritty intensity ... and breaking Joel Embiid's goggles.
Seasons played: 3 (current)
Career stats: 7.5 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.0 assists
Drafted by the Lakers in 2005
There was a time when Bynum seemed like a bargain at No. 10. That time seemed like a distant memory when he was with the Sixers, but at one point, Bynum had won two titles, earned an All-Star selection, and was averaging 18.7 points and 11.8 rebounds per game with the Lakers. Bynum's NBA career ended in 2014.
Seasons played: 8 (not counting 2012-13, when he did not play)
Career stats: 11.5 points, 7.7 rebounds, 1.6 blocks