The 76ers enter Tuesday's 2014 NBA draft lottery with the league's second-best chance of coming away with the No. 1 overall pick and according to Max Rappaport of Sixers.com Philadelphia has a secret weapon:

Philadelphia sports talk station 97.5 The Fanatic FM ran a contest earlier this month in which fans submitted their own lucky charms for the Sixers to bring to the Lottery. After a two week-long submission process and a day of voting to decide between five finalists, an entry from Cherry Hill native Jake Spencer was selected.

His lucky charm? An actual piece of the glass backboard that was shattered by prolific Sixer dunker Darryl “Chocolate Thunder” Dawkins during a game against the San Antonio Spurs at the Spectrum on December 5, 1979.

Spencer will receive four lower level Sixers season tickets in 2014-15 and this was the message he included with his submission:
"Attached is my family’s submission for the Sixers Lucky Charm Contest. We have two pieces of a backboard broken from the December 5th, 1979 game against the San Antonio Spurs at the Spectrum.

“These backboard pieces would make the perfect lucky charm and bring back the Sixers good mojo from the late-‘70s and early-'80s championship years. The pieces are small enough so that they will easily fit into the pocket of our Draft Lottery representative. We would love if our family’s item could bring a top pick to the Sixers!”

We'll see what happens but the draft itself has been pretty good to the Sixers recently.

Last year they drafted this season's rookie of the year Michael Carter Williams with the 11th overall pick and my 2013 number one, Nerlens Noel, miraculously fell to the New Orleans Pelicans at number six.

The Pelicans eventually ended up trading Noel and the Pelicans' 2014 first-round draft pick to the 76ers for Jrue Holiday and the rights to Pierre Jackson.

The broken backboard strategy might backfire for the Celtics division rival, however, considering 1979 was the year "Larry Legend" made his rookie debut with the storied Boston franchise.

Although, the 76ers did beat Boston 4-1 in the Eastern Conference Finals that season before eventually losing to Magic, Kareem and the Lakers 4-2 in the Finals.

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Clint Corey 5/20/2014 02:34:00 AM Edit
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