Philadelphia 76ers Have Eyes Peeled on 2014 NBA Draft

By Rob Lunder
Philadelphia 76ers
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The Philadelphia 76ers were the biggest players on draft day a few weeks ago and have completely undertaken a full-on rebuilding job that figures to take at least three or four years before they are back to being relevant. The Sixers acquired the draft rights to Nerlens Noel, drafted Michael Carter Williams with their own selection and also acquired a 2014 first round draft pick in a blockbuster deal with the New Orleans Pelicans.

The Sixers will be very bad next season and that was all part of new GM Sam Hinkie‘s master plan for the future. He now has two picks in the 2014 NBA Draft, one that figures to be one of the best in recent memory. Both picks also figure to be lottery picks, helping him add to the young core of Noel and Carter Williams. Adding two high level prospects next year will give the organization a terrific set of building blocks to work with. It is no guarantee that Noel and Carter Williams pan out as the franchise hopes, but they figure to at least be no worse than league average.

The Sixers had to move point guard Jrue Holiday in the New Orleans deal, a really nice young player, but Hinkie clearly wanted to start over from scratch and also trim payroll in the process. The Sixers are set up very well for the future and with two high picks next year, the rebuilding process should escalate even more quickly. They were going nowhere with the current roster and needed to make drastic changes to start over again.


Rob Lunder covers the NBA for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @rlunder18

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