Fan hopes lucky charm will bring Sixers lottery win

by Max Rappaport Writer

Lucky charms have a storied history at the NBA Draft Lottery. Antique pocket watches, gold coins, rabbit’s feet… All have found their way to the annual event that determines the top of the league’s drafting order.

This year, the Sixers will be bringing something a little different to Time Square Studios in New York City.

Philadelphia sports talk station 97.5 The Fanatic FM ran a contest earlier this month in which fans submitted their own lucky charms for the Sixers to bring to the Lottery. After a two week-long  submission process and a day of voting to decide between five finalists, an entry from Cherry Hill native Jake Spencer was selected. 

His lucky charm? An actual piece of the glass backboard that was shattered by prolific Sixer dunker Darryl “Chocolate Thunder” Dawkins during a game against the San Antonio Spurs at the Spectrum on December 5, 1979.

In addition to being one of the more unique entries in the contest, the historic chunk of glass also represents a golden era of professional basketball in the city of Philadelphia. The Sixers made four NBA Finals appearances between 1977 and 1983, winning it all in ’83; they boasted a 396-178 (69.0%) record during that span.

For his special entry, Spencer will receive four lower level Sixers season tickets in 2014-15, so he can help bring the team good luck all year long. 

This message was enclosed with his submission:

"Attached is my family’s submission for the Sixers Lucky Charm Contest. We have two pieces of a backboard broken from the December 5th, 1979 game against the San Antonio Spurs at the Spectrum.

“These backboard pieces would make the perfect lucky charm and bring back the Sixers good mojo from the late-‘70s and early-'80s championship years. The pieces are small enough so that they will easily fit into the pocket of our Draft Lottery representative. We would love if our family’s item could bring a top pick to the Sixers!”

Here's a look at Darryl Dawkins' history of shattering glass and words from Sixers lottery representative Julius Erving, who played alongside Dawkins from 1976-82: