2021 NBA draft isn't very far away


The NBA draft is not the topic the Sixers care about most at the moment.

However, the draft isn’t very far away — exactly four months, in fact.

The league announced Monday that the draft will be held on July 29, with the combine taking place June 22 and the lottery June 21-27.

The Athletic’s Shams Charania first reported the above dates. 

This year’s playoffs are set to run from May 22 to as late as July 22.

The 2020 draft was president of basketball operations Daryl Morey’s first with the Sixers. The team came away with Tyrese Maxey (pick No. 21), Isaiah Joe (No. 49) and Paul Reed (No. 58), trading away picks No. 34 and No. 36 in deals for Danny Green and Seth Curry, respectively. 

Though none of the Sixers’ 2020 picks are in their regular rotation presently, all three have shown signs of promise. Reed, who was named G League MVP, signed a standard NBA contract last week. 

Besides the rookies, there are five players on the roster that were drafted by the team:

  • Ben Simmons (No. 1 in 2016)
  • Joel Embiid (No. 3 in 2014)
  • Matisse Thybulle (No. 20 in 2019)
  • Furkan Korkmaz (No. 26 in 2016)
  • Shake Milton (No. 54 in 2018) 

After trading their 2021 second-round selection to the Knicks in a deadline deal for George Hill, the Sixers own two 2021 picks. Their first-rounder would currently be No. 29, since the 32-14 Sixers have the NBA’s second-best record, and their second-rounder would be No. 49.

That second-round pick is New York’s, acquired by former general manager Sam Hinkie in a 2015 draft-night trade that sent Willy Hernangómez to the Knicks. 

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