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Sixers Lottery History

Below is the year-by-year recap of the 76ers in the NBA Draft Lottery

2004 | 1998 | 1997 | 1996 | 1995 | 1994 | 1993 | 1992 | 1988 | 1986

2004
Tied for the seventh worst record in the league (33-49) and picked ninth (Andre Iguodala).


May 26, 2004 - The Sixers drew the ninth pick in the draft. They had 36 ping pong balls out of 1,000 with chances of getting the first pick at just 3.6 percent. They had a 4.17 percent chance of getting the second pick and a 4.93 percent chance of third. Charlotte, by virtue of its expansion agreement, would receive the fourth pick in the draft and would not be involved in the lottery.

Top three picks:
Dwight Howard was the first selection in the 2004 Draft.
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  • Orlando Magic (21-61) – By virtue of having the worst regular season record, the Orlando Magic received the most ping pong balls in the lottery and it paid off as they won the lottery and recieved the first pick. They chose forward Dwight Howard directly from high school with their selection.
  • Charlotte – While Charlotte was not involved in the lottery, they did make a trade with the L.A. Clippers to move up from the fourth selection to the second. They then selected UConn forward/center Omeka Okafor with the first draft choice in franchise history.
  • Chicago (23-59) – Chicago had the second worst record in the NBA during the 2003-04 season, but received the third pick in the lottery. They used their pick to select the second UConn Husky in the draft and took guard Ben Gordon.

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  • 1998
    Had the eighth worst record in the league (31-51) and picked eighth (Larry Hughes).


    May 17, 1998 - The Sixers drew the eighth pick in the draft. They had 29 ping pong balls out of 1,000 with chances of getting the first pick at just 4.17 percent. They had a 2.32 percent chance of getting the second pick and a 3.82 percent chance of third. Vancouver and Toronto, by virtue of their expansion agreements, could not pick first in the 1997 or 1998 drafts. If one of those teams did get the first pick, they would get the second pick instead - which is exactly what happened to the Grizzlies who won, but picked second.

    Top three picks:
    Michael Olowokandi played with the Clippers from 1998-03.
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  • L.A. Clippers (29-53) – The Clippers, jumped two spot to the No. 1 pick where they selected Michael Olowokandi out of Pacific. They benefited from the expansion agreement which moved them ahead of Vancouver who actually won the lottery.
  • Vancouver – Drew the top spot but could not pick first due to their expansion agreement. Picked second where they chose Mike Bibby.
  • Denver (11-71) – Owned the worst record in the league and got the third spot where they took Kansas’ Raef LaFrentz.

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  • 1997
    Had the fifth worst record in the league and received the second pick (Keith Van Horn). Two days later they completed an eight-player trade with New Jersey sending the rights to Van Horn along with Lucious Harris, Michael Cage and Don MacLean for Tim Thomas (the seventh pick in the 1997 NBA Draft), Anthony Parker (the 21st pick in the 1997 NBA Draft), Jim Jackson and Eric Montross. The trade was the first move of the Larry Brown-Billy King regime.


    May 18, 1997 - The Sixers landed the second pick overall in the draft, despite finishing with the fifth worst record (22-60). The Sixers had 89 combinations out of 1000. Their percentages for the top pick increased to 12.24 percent due to the expansion teams inability to draft first. Chances for number two was 6.59 percent and number three was 10.65 percent. The Sixers couldn’t pick lower than No. 8.

    Top three picks:
    Tim Duncan at the 1997 draft.
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  • San Antonio Spurs (20-62) - The Spurs made Tim Duncan of Wake Forest the top pick in the draft. Duncan, who led the NBA with 57 double-doubles in his first season in the league, played in the 1998 All-Star Game and was named the league’s Rookie of the Year, marking the second-straight year in which the top pick in the draft earned Rookie of the Year honors. Duncan led the Spurs to the greatest single season improvement in NBA history. San Antonio won 36 more games than the previous season.
  • Philadelphia 76ers (22-60) - The 76ers drafted Keith Van Horn from the University of Utah with the second pick, but dealt him to the New Jersey Nets in a blockbuster eight-player trade two days later. As part of their compensation the 76ers received Tim Thomas (the 7th pick of the 1997 Draft) and Anthony Parker (selected 21st in the 1997 Draft).
  • Boston Celtics (15-67) - The Celtics selected guard Chauncey Billups from the University of Colorado with the third pick. Boston later sent Billups to Toronto in a February trade that brought Kenny Anderson to the Celtics.

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  • 1996
    Had the second worst record in the league and received the first pick (Allen Iverson).


    May 19, 1996 - The Sixers landed the first pick overall in the 1996 NBA Draft after finishing 18-64, the second to worst record behind the Vancouver Grizzlies (15-67). Although they did not have the worst record in the league, their chance of picking No. 1 was the greatest with 33.73 percent. The Sixers had 200 combinations out of 1000, their percentages for the top pick increased from 20 percent to 33.73 percent due to the expansion teams inability to draft first. The 76ers’ probability for selecting No. 2 was 8.51 percent and for No. 3 was 13.87 percent. The Sixers couldn’t pick lower than No. 5. Because of the expansion teams, the number of teams in the Lottery had increased from 11 to 13.

    Allen Iverson in 1997.
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  • Philadelphia 76ers (18-64) - The Sixers selected Allen Iverson from Georgetown University, who would go on to record one of the greatest rookie seasons in Sixers’ history. Iverson set Sixers rookie records for most points in a game (50, @ Cleveland on 4/12/97) and most points in a season (1,787). For his effort, Allen became the first 76er to ever be named NBA Rookie of the Year.
  • Toronto Raptors (21-61) - The Raptors selected Marcus Camby from the University of Massachusetts. The 6-11 shot blocker joined previous Rookie of the Year, Damon Stoudamire, on the young Toronto squad.
  • Vancouver Grizzlies (15-67) - The Grizzlies got the player they wanted in 6-10 forward Shareef Abdur-Rahim from the University of California. Abdur-Rahim kept the teams guessing in the weeks leading up to the draft as he applied for early entry, then announced he would go back to college before changing his mind again, and was ultimately drafted by Vancouver.

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  • 1995
    Had the fourth worst record in league and received the third pick (Jerry Stackhouse).

    May 22, 1995 - The 76ers had the fourth pick entering the NBA Draft Lottery, and could have landed the No. 1,2,3,4,5,8, or 9 pick. They had 126 chances in 1000 of picking No. 1, which is equivalent to a 12.6 percent chance of obtaining the number one pick, a 13.31 percent chance of obtaining the No. 2 pick, a 14.05 percent chance of obtaining the No. 3 pick and a 39.96 percent chance of being in the top three. The Sixers moved up one spot to select at the No. 3 position. This was the Sixers sixth time in the Draft Lottery (fourth consecutive), and the fourth year since 1986 that they had the third pick or better.

    Jerry Stackhouse in 1996 with the Sixers.
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  • Golden State Warriors (26-56) - Had the No. 5 pick before the Lottery, but beat the odds to land the No. 1 pick with only a 9.4 percent chance. The Warriors selected Joe Smith, a 6-10 forward from Maryland.
  • Los Angeles Clippers (17-65) - With the worst record in the league, the Clippers had a 25 percent chance of picking at No. 1, they moved down one spot to No. 2. The Clippers selected Antonio McDyess, a 6-9 forward from Alabama. They later swapped with Denver Nuggets to obtain Brent Barry, a 6-6 guard from Oregon State. Denver selected Barry at No. 15 in the 1995 Draft.
  • Philadelphia 76ers (24-58) -The Sixers moved up one spot from No. 4 to No. 3 and both Washington (21-61) and Minnesota (21-61) moved down a spot to No. 4 and 5 respectively. The Sixers selected Jerry Stackhouse, a 6-6 guard/forward from North Carolina. This was the third time the Sixers had taken an early entry candidate with their top pick in as many seasons (Shawn Bradley and Sharone Wright were the other two).

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  • 1994
    Had the sixth worst record in league and received the sixth pick (Sharone Wright).


    May 22, 1994 - The Sixers had 66 out of 1000 chances for picking the No. 1 position in the Draft Lottery, and could have selected from the No. 1,2,3,6,7,8, or 9 spot out of 11 teams. The Milwaukee Bucks won the Lottery with only a 16.3 percent chance. The Sixers picked sixth this year and selected Sharone Wright, a 6-10 center/forward from Clemson.

    Glenn "Big Dog" Robinson with the Bucks in 1995.
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  • Milwaukee Bucks (20-62) - Tied for the second worst record in the NBA, the Bucks won the Lottery, having only 163 chances in 1000 to pick No. 1. They selected Purdue’s 6-7 forward, Glenn Robinson.
  • Dallas Mavericks (13-69) - Having the worst record in the league, the Mavs were assigned 250 number combinations out of 1000, thus a 25 percent chance of winning the Lottery. They landed No. 2 and selected California’s 6-3 guard, Jason Kidd.
  • Detroit Pistons (20-62) - Tied records with Minnesota and had 164 chances out of 1000 to get the No. 1 pick. The Pistons selected Duke’s 6-8 guard/forward, Grant Hill.

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  • 1993
    Had the fifth worst record in league and received the second pick (Shawn Bradley).


    May 23, 1993 - Before the Draft Lottery the Sixers had the number five position out of 11 teams. With only a 10.62 percent chance of getting the No. 1 pick and a 10.78 percent chance of getting the No. 2 pick, the Sixers defied the odds and came away with No. 2. They had seven out of 66 ping pong balls in the drum and could have landed No. 1,2,3,5,6,7, or 8. The Sixers were focusing their attention on a rebounder and on interior defense.

    Chris Webber with the Warriors in 1994.
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  • Orlando Magic (41-41) - For the second year in a row, Orlando received the No. 1 pick. This year, they were positioned at the No. 11 spot and beat the one in 66 odds to land the first pick. The Magic selected Chris Webber, a 6-10 forward from Michigan, and later swapped with Golden State to get Anfernee Hardaway, a 6-7 guard/forward from Memphis State.
  • Philadelphia 76ers (26-56) - Positioned at No. 5, they also beat the odds and landed the second pick, having only a 37 percent chance of being in the top three. The Sixers selected 7-6 center, Shawn Bradley from BYU.
  • Golden State Warriors (34-48) - Positioned at No. 7, they too beat the odds of landing in the top three. The Warriors had an 8.42 percent chance of picking at this position. The Warriors selected Anfernee Hardaway and swapped with the Magic to get Chris Webber.

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  • 1992
    Had the ninth worst record in the league and received the ninth pick (Clarence Weatherspoon).


    May 17, 1992 - The Sixers (35-47) had three ping pong balls out of 66 in the pool for the Draft Lottery. This was equal to a three out of four chance of getting the ninth pick in the Draft (72 percent), and a 15 percent chance of being in the top three picks. The Sixers could have landed No. 1,2,3,9,10, or 11 out of 11 spots. They finished the season with their worst record in 17 years. The Sixers were looking for help at the center position. Charles Barkley had voiced his opinion stating, “If we get one of the top three picks, then I figure I will stay, but if we get anything else, then I figure I’m gone.” Barkley felt that he couldn’t win games like he used to by himself and that he needed some help. Each of the top three picks this year were powerful underneath the basket and could have complimented Barkley. The Sixers landed ninth in the Lottery and selected Clarence Weatherspoon, a 6-5 forward from So. Mississippi.

    Shaquille O'Neal with the Magic in 1993.
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    Top three picks:
  • Orlando Magic (21-61) - Having the second worst record in the league, the Magic had 10 out of 66 balls in the pool. They selected Shaquille O’Neal, the 7-0, 300 lb. center, from Louisiana State.
  • Charlotte Hornets (31-51) - The Hornets had the eighth worst record in the league and only four balls in the Lottery. They beat the odds and landed number two, selecting Alonzo Mourning, the 6-10 center from Georgetown.
  • Minnesota Timberwolves (15-67) - The Wolves had the worst record in the league and obtained 11 balls for the Draft Lottery. They selected Christian Laettner, the 6-10 forward, from Duke.

    Despite being selected ninth in the Lottery, Weatherspoon showed his ability to play hard and prove himself. He set these rookie club records:
    Points in a season - 1280 pts.*
    Scoring Average - 15.6 ppg*
    Led Sixers in rebounding - 7.2 rpg
    Started every game
    *Has since been broken by Allen Iverson (1787 pts, 23.5 ppg)

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  • 1988
    Took Charles Smith at No. 3, then traded him to the Clippers for the sixth pick (Hersey Hawkins). Sixers also received a first round pick in ‘89, which they used to select Kenny Payne at No. 19 in the draft.


    May 21, 1988 - This season, the Sixers won 36 games, their lowest victory total since 1974-75, and didn’t reach the playoffs for the first time in that same span. They could have selected No. 1,2,3,6 or 7. Jim Lynam took over as head coach of the 76ers in February of 1988. There were only seven teams in this year’s Draft Lottery. These picks were owned by: 76ers, Clippers, Golden State, Phoenix, Indiana and New Jersey. The 76ers acquired this pick by exercising their right from a 1986 deal with Washington, involving Moses Malone and sending the lesser of their two first-round choices to the Bullets. This deal began in 1984 when the Sixers obtained an 1988 first-round pick from the Bullets for Lamar guard, Tom Sewell. In 1986, the Sixers agreed that the second first round pick should be sent to Washington as a final payment for Jeff Ruland and Cliff Robinson, and would be the lesser of the two choices this year. When the Bullets qualified for the playoffs on the final weekend of the season and the Sixers did not, that guaranteed the Sixers a Lottery pick. The Clippers had two selections, their own and Sacramento’s from 1986, which involved Derek Smith.

    Rik Smits with the Pacers in 1989.
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  • Los Angeles Clippers (17-65) - They had the worst record in the league and were guaranteed no worse than the fourth choice. They became the first team in the four-year history of the Lottery to get the first pick after having compiled the worst record in the league. They had two selections entering the Draft Lottery, No. 1 and No. 6. The Clippers selected Danny Manning, a 6-10 forward from Kansas with the first pick.
  • Indiana Pacers (38-44) - The Pacers most urgent need was for a big man and selected Rik Smits, a 7-4 center from Marist College.
  • Philadelphia 76ers (36-46) - The Sixers selected Charles Smith, a 6-10 forward from Pittsburgh. The Sixers traded Smith’s draft rights to the Clippers and the Clippers traded the draft rights to Hersey Hawkins (6th overall) to Philadelphia. The Sixers also received from the Clippers a first-round draft choice in 1989. The Sixers needed a guard and also needed a pick in the 1989 Draft, having traded theirs in the 1986 deal with Seattle that brought Danny Vranes and Tim McCormick to the Sixers and later used the pick acquired from the Clippers to select Kenny Payne from Louisville.

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  • 1986
    Even though the Sixers had 58 victories, they entered the Lottery because of a long forgotten trade. They traded Joe “Jellybean” Bryant to the San Diego Clippers in 1979 for the Clippers first round Draft pick in 1986. With this pick they landed the No. 1 selection in the second annual NBA Draft Lottery. They traded the No. 2 pick to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Roy Hinson and $800,000 cash. Also this year, the Sixers dealt Moses Malone, Terry Catledge, and two first round picks to the Washington Bullets for center Jeff Ruland and forward Cliff Robinson.


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    1985
    This was the first year of the Draft Lottery. Golden State compiled the worst record in the league and were hoping to win the No. 1 selection so they could pick Patrick Ewing. Unfortunately, their envelope came up the seventh pick in the draft (last in that Lottery). In October of 1986, there was a procedural change to determine the order of their regular season records. Therefore, the team with the worst record is assured of picking no less than fourth and so on.

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