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Dr. J will represent Philadelphia 76ers at NBA Draft Lottery

May 19, 2014, 1:59 PM EDT

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This is the best good luck charm you can have.

The Philadelphia 76ers have a 19.9 percent chance of landing the top pick in the deep 2014 NBA Draft, the second best odds of anyone (only the Milwaukee Bucks at 25 percent have better odds). Still, this is a crap shoot — odds are just one in five times the Sixers land the coveted No. 1 pick, although with this draft if they stay within the Top 3 they should get a player who can be a big part of their foundation going forward. So what is the Sixers good luck charm?

Dr. J.

Hall of Famer Julius Erving will represent the team Tuesday night at the NBA Draft lottery in New York, the team announced.

“Dr. J is one of the most revered and legendary figures in the history of the Philadelphia 76ers and the National Basketball Association, so it is fitting that he represent us at the podium on this exciting night,” Sixers CEO Scott O’Neil said in a released statement. “As we build for the future, we are thrilled to have a key part of our past with us to bring the team good luck during tomorrow night’s NBA Draft Lottery.”

Obviously the presence of Dr. J will not change the random number process used to determine who gets the top pick. That said, it will just be cool to see him on the stage.

This also seems like a good time to run some Dr. J highlights, because it’s always a good time to run some Dr. J highlights.

  1. ranfan12 - May 19, 2014 at 2:22 PM

    Rock the baby! I never get tired of that

  2. thekingdave - May 19, 2014 at 2:23 PM

    How did the Magic do whatever year it was Dr. J represented them at a lottery? Certainly Feldman can pull some data and see if there’s a negative or positive correlation between appearances.

  3. joescan54 - May 19, 2014 at 4:44 PM

    The number 1 was the best.What people don’t realize is that Michael Cooper was trying to lower his head because he thought he was going to hit the backboard.

  4. eugenesaxe1 - May 19, 2014 at 5:58 PM

    Gotta love Dr. J :)

  5. cantonbound13 - May 19, 2014 at 9:15 PM

    It would be nice to see the sixers back in the playoffs

    • 1historian - May 20, 2014 at 5:54 AM

      so the Celts can eliminate them again!!

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