Sam Hinkie’s “process” was strip the team all the way down to the foundation and rebuild, being bad to get great draft picks — the most likely way Philadelphia was going to land elite talent — and build it back up. He got to do the stripping down part and the team struggled for three seasons, then this year he was pushed to the side as Jerry Colangelo then Brian Colangelo under him were brought in to head basketball operations.
The Colangelos will be the beneficiaries of the process — the Philadelphia 76ers won the top pick in the NBA Draft this June.
For the first time in recent memory, the draft followed the exact order of the odds — no teams jumped up or down the ladder. Here is the lottery draft order:
1. Philadelphia 76ers
2. Los Angeles Lakers
3. Boston Celtics (via Nets)
4. Phoenix Suns
5. Minnesota Timberwolves
6. New Orleans Pelicans
7. Denver Nuggets (via Knicks)
8. Sacramento Kings
9. Toronto Raptors (via Nuggets)
10. Milwaukee Bucks
11. Orlando Magic
12. Utah Jazz
13. Phoenix Suns (via Wizards)
14. Chicago Bulls
• The Los Angeles Lakers stayed in the top three which means they keep their pick (the remnants of the Steve Nash trade). The pick will go to Philadelphia next season and is again Top 3 protected.
The Lakers will draft whoever is left between Ben Simmons and Brandon Ingram, the clear top two picks in this draft. Most teams have Simmons on the top of their lists, but expect the Sixers to take a long look at both. For the Lakers it works either way, both are forwards who would play opposite Julius Randle in a young front line.
• The Knicks pick stayed at No. 7, which was traded to the Denver Nuggets.
• The Raptors had the worse of the Knicks and Nuggets picks, that ended up being Denver’s at No. 9.
• The Suns keep the Wizards’ pick at No. 13.