The Philadelphia 76ers have suffered through a 26-game losing streak but will still likely only wind up with the second best odds to win the NBA’s Draft Lottery.
If that is the case, the lowest they could pick is fifth overall. They also have the pick of the New Orleans Pelicans from last year’s Nerlens Noel-for-Jrue Holiday and Pierre Jackson swap.
Wherever they wind up picking, 76ers’ head coach Brett Brown believes the team needs a star.
“I think it’s important,” Brown said during a 10-minute interview after Tuesday’s practice when asked about finding a star via Tom Moore of the Courier Times. “I think it’s really important.
“Stars want to play with stars. And it’s too early to say anything about Michael (Carter-Williams) or what you can project Nerlens (Noel) out to be. Just because somebody’s chosen high in the draft doesn’t mean they’re going to be a star, either.”
There will be several highly touted prospects in the draft, including Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid of the Kansas Jayhawks, Jabari Parker of the Duke Blue Devils (although he has not yet declared), Dante Exum of Australia and Julius Randle of the Kentucky Wildcats, among others.