By Cody Daniel @CodyDanielRS on April 20, 2014
The tanking mission for the Philadelphia 76ers is finally over and the potentially bright future can begin. Despite concluding the season with a abysmal 19-63 record, the Sixers and head coach Brett Brown can enjoy a firm grasp around the few bright spots in their season, such as the emergence of rookie Michael Carter-Williams and the recovery of rookie Nerlens Noel. However there are five questions that the Sixers must answer this offseason.
The Sixers have the second-highest chance of the getting the first overall pick in the upcoming draft at 19.9 percent. Luckily for the Sixers, multiple stars are available this year. However, they have to land Wiggins or Parker to become competitive next season.
If the Sixers return any more than five or six players from their current roster next season, it would be a huge shock. In reality, many of the names on the Sixers' roster simply aren’t NBA-quality players. That was evident in the historic losing streak during the season. In order for the Sixers to become competitive, they must build a solid rotation of talented players who can make that happen.
Seeing Thaddeus Young still on the Sixers roster after the trade deadline was a good sign for Philadelphia fans given Young’s value for this youthful squad. However, the Sixers need to make a decision on Young’s future with the team, whether it be trading the 6-foot-8 forward in hopes for landing a needed draft pick or extending him for a few extra seasons. Making a decision on him will advance the rebuilding efforts in Philly.
Considering the complete uncertainty that surrounds the 76ers' roster heading into the offseason and the overall youth of the team as a whole, the Sixers could quite possibly end up with no veterans after the draft. In free agency, signing some quality veterans to support their cast of young players is key in order to challenge for a playoff spot berth next season.
The Sixers were pleased to see the unexpected development of Michael Carter-Williams, and Nerlens Noel is rumored to be taking strides in the right direction. Factor in the addition of whichever college star lands in Philadelphia, and the potential for what Brett Brown can do with this young nucleus becomes endless. As a previous developmental coach for the Spurs, the key will be how much development his star talent can have.
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