Many potential lottery picks were on hand Tuesday night when the draft lottery revealGetty Images

The 76ers will pick first in the NBA Draft for the third time in the team’s history.


So the debate will begin over whom the team should select on June 23.


“My immediate thoughts go straight to the city of Philadelphia,” 76ers coach Brett Brown told ESPN. “They have been amazing, true fans for allowing us to go through the process that we have. We are excited with the position we are now in. I love some of my current players and we think with the multiple draft picks and the news we got tonight... I am thrilled for our city.”


The Sixers got some bad luck early in the lottery reveal, when the learned the Lakers had fallen into the top 3, protecting that selection for another season.


Historically in 15 previous NBA Draft Lotteries, dating back to 1986 the Sixers have moved higher than their projected slot seven times, stayed the same seven times and dropped just once, in 2014 when they selected Joel Embiid third overall.


Brandon Ingram from Duke and Ben Simmons from LSU are the top prizes in the NBA draft and likely to be off the board 1-and-2.

The draft begins on June 23 after the conclusion of the NBA’s regular season.