The Sixers moved up to the No. 2 overall pick in the NBA draft at tonight's lottery in Secaucus, N.J.
The draft is June 24 in New York. The Sixers had a 6.03 percent chance of getting the second pick.
This marks the second straight year in which the team with the sixth-best chance to win the lottery has come away with the second pick (Memphis in 2009).
"We hope our fans are as excited by the outcome of tonight's draft lottery as we are," Sixers president and general manager Ed Stefanski. "We are fortunate that the ping-pong balls bounced our way tonight, and to move up to the second overall pick in a draft that features several impact players will provide us even more options as we move through the offseason to improve our team."
The Sixers had a 5.3 percent chance of getting the No. 1 overall pick, which went to Washington.
The Wizards presuambly will use the top pick on Kentucky guard John Wall, opening several possibilities for the Sixers. The most likely possibility is Ohio State 6-7 shooting Evan Turner, which would give the Sixers a young and promising backcourt with Turner and point guard Jrue Holiday.
The team, in the lottery for the 13th time in franchise history, will select in the top 3 for the first time since 1997, when the Sixers drafted Keith Van Horn with the second overall pick.
The Sixers finished tied for the sixth-worst record in the league at 27-55, but won an advantage over Detroit, also 27-55, through a random drawing held last month.
Here is the order of selection at the top of the NBA draft:
3. New Jersey Nets
6. Golden State
8. Los Angeles Clippers
11. New Orleans