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The Philadelphia 76ers have selected four players in the lottery since 2014. Ben Simmons will become the third player in that group to not play in the season after being drafted. Jahlil Okafor played in 53 games after being drafted No. 3 overall by the 76ers in 2015.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Mavs president Donnie Nelson on perceived lack of value for 76ers in Nerlens Noel deal: "Look, they had an extremely difficult situation. They were overstocked at the center position. You're looking at basically the possibility of a couple-month rental, and so I think they did the best that they could with the situation they had. It was really a need position for us, and it was taking the best possible deal they could get. They like Justin Anderson a lot. He is the critical piece, and it was hard for us to give them that piece."

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

ESPN's Basketball Power Index gives the Celtics and Raptors a 42 percent chance of meeting in the playoffs, including a 32.9 percent chance of meeting in the East semifinals. Even as the higher seed, Boston is currently projected as an underdog in that series.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Mavs president Donnie Nelson: "Nerlens [Noel] is really a Tyson Chandler starter kit. I think that's going to work really well for us."

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Veteran point guard Jarrett Jack has agreed to a 10-day contract with the Pelicans, a source confirmed. The Vertical first reported the agreement.

Adam Caplan @caplannfl

So Noel traded for bag of peanuts+, Simmons will miss entire rookie season, Embiid still on the shelf. Exciting times for #Sixers.