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Knicks’ Josh Hart reveals he was hoping to be drafted by Sixers in 2017

Back in the 2017 NBA draft, the Philadelphia 76ers had the 25th pick and decided to select Anzejs Pasecniks and stash him overseas. He would eventually play 28 games in the NBA for the Washington Wizards in the 2019-20 season and the 2020-21 season.

Five picks later, the Los Angeles Lakers selected Villanova product Josh Hart. Now with the New York Knicks, Hart is making a big impact for the No. 2 seed in the East averaging 21.5 and 14.0 rebounds while shooting 8-for-15 from deep.

Speaking with reporters on Thursday, Hart revealed that he was hoping he would be selected by the Sixers back in 2017, but it didn’t happen. He remembers that Philadelphia selected Pasecniks.

It would make sense that Philadelphia didn’t select Hart in 2017. The Sixers had a budding Robert Covington at the time who played the same position. One could argue that Hart would have been a nice fit next to Joel Embiid to build around.

Story originally appeared on Sixers Wire