The Kings finally came through ... for the Sixers.
Sacramento jumped into the top three of the NBA draft lottery on Tuesday, but the Sixers were able to swap thanks to their 2015 trade with the Kings. Thanks to the swap, the Sixers, who landed the fifth selection, walked away with the No. 3 pick in the draft for the third time in four years.
The Los Angeles Lakers held onto their own pick, which came in at No. 2, and the Boston Celtics were awarded the top overall selection.
The Sixers could go plenty of ways in a loaded draft class (see top-10 prospects for team). With a frontcourt rotation that still needs to be figured out, the team could opt for one of the class' promising point guards (see top point guard prospects).
"I think we're in a pretty good position, as there is some turnover on the horizon (on the part of the conference's top teams), to ultimately be a power in the East," Sixers president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo said (see story).
Joel Embiid was the Sixers' representative at the lottery and left excited with the results.
"We jumped up one more spot," he said (see story). "I wish we would have gotten the No. 1 pick and the Lakers' pick, but we're trusting the process and it's going to be exciting to see who we're going to draft."
Here are the complete lottery results: