2013 NBA Draft: Philadelphia 76ers Need Big Scorer

By Andy Schmidt
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We are only a few days away from the NBA Draft Lottery, and teams like the Philadelphia 76ers are waiting to see where they will be picking. It may not be one of the top-10 picks unless the ping pong balls bounce their way, but there is a definite need for a scorer going forward as Philadelphia was the worst team in the league, scoring just 93.2 points per game.

I know that new general manager Sam Hinkie has his work cut out for him.

If the ping pong balls don’t go Philly’s way, they will probably be picking 11th, which also means that the best players will be well off the board by then. This isn’t a very strong draft by any means, so there is no one player that is going to change things around. Philadelphia has their point guard figured out with Jrue Holiday and should be looking for a big man inside who can score.

It leads me to thinking that a player like Kelly Olynyk might be a safe choice. He proved that he can score on the inside last season and will bang around with bigger players. The scoring aspect of his game would work very well with what Holiday can do as well.

It could be a long rebuilding project for the 76ers and it won’t all be saved by one great draft pick. Philadelphia needs inside help and I don’t see them trying to get Andrew Bynum to come back to town after missing all of last season. It may be worth a try, but drafting Olynyk would solve that.

I’m just as curious as everyone else to see where the 76ers head up picking and seeing what Hinkie does with that pick.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports, like his Facebook page or add him to your network on Google.

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