Tomorrow is a big day for Philadelphia 76ers fans everywhere. For teams that don’t make the playoffs, it is time to see what the reward is for that by going through the draft lottery. While we won’t know until after tomorrow night whether or not the ping pong balls bounce their way and they get a top-three pick, it is more than likely the Sixers will draft somewhere between ninth and 11th overall in the 2013 NBA Draft.
Not only will they have a pick around the top ten, but they also have two of the first 12 picks in the second round. So with three of their first 42 picks in this year’s draft, the 76ers have an opportunity to make a big splash. This team has many needs and they can address pretty much all of them during the draft, if they decide to be smart.
With their lottery pick, the 76ers should address their biggest need of depth in the frontcourt. Even if the Sixers re-sign Andrew Bynum, that leaves them with Bynum, Spencer Hawes, an undersized Thaddeus Young and a raw Arnett Moultrie as the only serviceable big men on the roster. Guys like Kelly Olynyk, Cody Zeller and Alex Len would be ideal here. These are all centers that proved they could dominate the college game offensively and have great size and skill in the post.
The 76ers can then use the second round to go after other glaring holes in the roster: backup point guard and wing shooter. The second round is full of guards with successful college résumés that could contribute right away. Guys like Isaiah Cannan, Myck Kabongo and Nate Wolters could come in and back-up All-Star Jrue Holiday. They can also snag up a shooter like James Southerland, Glen Rice Jr or Reggie Bullock, all of which had an expertise of knocking down the three ball in the college game.
When you’re coming off of a 34-48 season, there’s not much you can do to make your team worse. With the draft coming up and free agency not too far after, the Sixers need to turn the corner towards a better future right now.