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Philadelphia 76ers: Beating Los Angeles Lakers Just a Baby Step to Becoming Good

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Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

There is some good news for Philadelphia 76ers’ fans coming off a 111-104 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday night.

The good news is that the team is really a year away from being relatively decent. The bad news is that a year in the NBA can seem like an eternity away.

You hear it all the time in baseball, the refrain “wait until next year” but seldom do you hear “wait until next year” about a professional basketball team before their season ever began. That’s what Sixers fans heard over and over again. Then the team took the court and won their first three games, beating the Miami Heat and the Chicago Bulls in the process and the fans might have thought they had something here.

In reality, that was Fool’s Gold but GM Sam Hinkle is holding a nice deck down the line in that the star of this season, Michael Carter-Williams, is the odds-on choice for Rookie of the Year and that another first-round pick Nerlens Noel could at least be the 7-foot defensive stopper this team needs when he heals up from a season-long injury. Another couple of aces in that deck is the two first-round draft choices the team has, including a potential lottery pick.

Hinkle has to do his diligence with those picks but the choices of Carter-Williams and Noel shows he knows what he’s doing and bodes well for the Sixers jumping from a middle-of-the-pack NBA team to a decent one in a matter of a calendar year and that’s all their fans have to hang their hat on now.

Mike Gibson is a writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @papreps , “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.