By Mike Gibson @papreps on April 10, 2014
When it comes to the NBA, teams only need to address five pieces to the puzzle, the five starters on the floor, to go from bad to good. The Philadelphia 76ers have already addressed the No. 1 (point guard) spot in Michael Carter-Williams and the No. 5 (center) spot in Nerlens Noel, last year’s two first-round picks.
They need another guard and a couple of forwards to go from bad to good. Here are the top five rumors surround the team.
While there are some intriguing names out there, Sixers' coach Brett Brown has said this is a "2-3 year project", which means that the team will probably not try to add a free agent to patch things up. The Sixers will have two of the top 10 draft picks, which means they will have two more great players to add to a mix that includes Michael Carter-Williams and Nerlens Noel.
Young is a favorite of Brown's and a perfect complimentary piece to what could be four very good first-round draft choices on the floor next year (two from 2013, two from 2014). Since Young is a small forward, signing him would probably mean that the team would shy away from drafting a small forward and go the power forward route in the draft.
The first-round draft choice out of Kentucky a year ago has looked so good in early workouts with the team that, when asked to compare Noel to a current NBA player, a member of the Sixers' front office staff said Bill Russell. All Russell did was block what seemed like every shot in the paint and win nine of 11 NBA championships. Noel will get to anchor the middle of the team's defense for the next decade.
The Sixers most likely will have enough ping-pong balls to draft either the best or second-best player in the country. Andrew Wiggins of Kansas is seen as the player with the most long-range upside, while Jabari Parker might be seen as the player most ready to step in and play right away. The Sixers are in no hurry, so they will take the upside if they get the first pick.
If the Sixers don't get lucky and get No. 1, they will likely shed few tears. While Wiggins would have been a formidable backcourt mate with Carter-Williams, Randle would be the perfect frontcourt complement to Noel. Imagine the Sixers having a 7-footer in the middle and a strong 6-foot-9 power forward?
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