Sixers add their ninth undrafted player

It will surprise no one if the 2014-15 Philadelphia 76ers win fewer games than the 1972-73 Sixers that went 9-73.

But that's not the only slice of NBA history within reach for P‎hilly's, uh, lottery-minded current cast.

‎Saturday's official signing of Robert Covington, which we've been tweeting about since Tuesday, means that these Sixers have had nine undrafted players on the roster already.

And it's only mid-November.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, only two teams have ever fielded more undrafted players in a single season: Atlanta and Golden State with 10 in 2002-03 and 2009-10, respectively.

You really have to the like the Sixers' chances of getting to at least 11 once you remember that they signed four undrafted players after Jan. 1 last season ... with three of those signings coming after the February trade deadline.

The nine undrafted players employed by Philly so far: Brandon Davies, Drew Gordon, Chris Johnson, JaKarr Sampson, Alexey Shved, Henry Sims, Malcolm Thomas, Hollis Thompson and Covington.

The next-closest team this season is injury-ravaged Indiana, which has turned to a mere four undrafted players: Chris Copeland, Damjan Rudez, Donald Sloan and Shayne Whittington.

And, yes, we can provide full details for the truly curious about those aforementioned Hawks and Warriors squads thanks to Elias and ESPN.com's own Relentless Adam Reisinger:

* The 10 undrafted players used by the 2002-03 Hawks in a 37-47 campaign: Emanual Davis, Darvin Ham, Antonio Harvey, Jermaine Jackson, Matt Maloney, Mikki Moore, Ira Newble, Paul Shirley, Mike Wilks and Brandon Williams.

* The 10 undrafted players used by the 2009-10 Warriors en route to a 26-56 mark: Kelenna Azubuike, Raja Bell, Chris Hunter, Coby Karl, Cartier Martin, Mikki Moore, Anthony Morrow, Anthony Tolliver, C.J. Watson and Reggie Williams.