Last Summer when the Sixers moved Jrue Holiday on draft-day to the New Orleans Pelicans, not only did they acquire Nerlens Noel, but they were able to obtain another first-round pick from the New Orleans Pelicans. While the pick was top-five protected, the Pelicans acquisitions of both Holiday and Tyreke Evans were expected to keep the Pelicans from even be in this year’s draft lottery.
As things turned out, Holiday and the Pelicans struggled through an injury-riddled 34-48 campaign, that saw them put together the 11th worst record in the NBA, which still gave them just over a one percent chance to win the lottery and get the number one pick. Had they landed anywhere in the top five (one through three were the only possible picks they could get), they would keep their pick for this year, and the Sixers would have lost their second first-round pick. (The Sixers would have gotten the Pelicans’ pick in next year’s draft instead.)
Fortunately, that situation didn’t take place, as the Sixers have landed the 10th pick.
Now we wait to see if the Sixers won the real prize…..