Knicks’ Josh Hart disappointed when 76ers didn’t pick him in 2017 draft

Josh Hart, currently playing for the New York Knicks, reflects on his journey to the NBA and his desire to play for the Philadelphia 76ers, who passed on him during the 2017 NBA draft.

Despite being from Maryland, Hart expressed disappointment that the Sixers overlooked him, especially considering his stellar college career at Villanova, a team based near Philadelphia. While he wasn’t part of Villanova’s second title-winning team, his teammates Jalen Brunson and Donte DiVincenzo were, increasing Hart’s connection to the Sixers’ region.

The Sixers’ decision to draft Anžejs Pasečņiks over Hart highlights a missed opportunity, as Pasečņiks did not make a significant impact in the NBA before being waived.

Meanwhile, Hart’s career took him through several teams before landing the Knicks in 2023. His journey reflects the unpredictability of the NBA, where players often find success with teams that give them a chance or give them the right opportunity.

Since joining the Knicks, Hart has been a valuable asset, showcasing his skills with impressive performances, particularly in the ongoing playoff series against the 76ers. In the first two games, he was a key contributor, averaging 21.5 points with notable three-point shots, solid rebounds and steals.

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