By Ryan Ratty @RyanRattyNFL on April 30, 2014
Brett Brown didn't have much to work with in his first season with the Philadelphia 76ers. That being said, the 76ers will have two first-round picks in the top 10. The 2014 NBA Draft will be a great opportunity for the 76ers to improve before the 2014-2015 NBA season. Here are five first-round options for the 76ers.
If the 76ers want to take risks at the 10th selection, Aaron Gordon could pay off huge dividends in a few years. Gordon is only 18 years old and he has already shown his athleticism in only a year at the University of Arizona. Gordon is ridiculously raw, but he has the talent to be one of the most fun players in the NBA.
Dante Exum is perhaps the most unknown prospect in this draft class. He has long arms and excellent size at 6-foot-6, which gives him a clear advantage over other point guards. Exum could very well be a bust, but he has already garnered so much interest across the league. Michael Carter-Williams and Exum could switch off their roles in the offense. That's something Goran Dragic and Eric Bledsoe did last season.
If it weren't for his back injury, Joel Embiid's draft stock would be even higher. He shows the ability to be dominant in the paint with his back to the basket, and he would be a nice fit next to Nerlens Noel in the front court. Embiid is one of the most NBA-ready prospects in this class and he has the potential to be a great player at the next level.
Julius Randle showed his dominance throughout the college basketball season last year. Randle is a great post player and he can consistently sink jump shots. Randle needs some work on defense, but with Noel playing next to him, that part of his game won't matter as much in the NBA. Randle has the ability to be a double-double type of player.
If there is one player in this draft who could become the next LeBron James, it is Andrew Wiggins. Wiggins has a unique blend of athleticism, versatility, and explosiveness. Wiggins is lengthy and he could be dominant force in the NBA. Wiggins' best offense is when he drives to the hole, but he will be able to improve his jump shot in the NBA. Wiggins is no doubt in my mind the best player in this entire draft class.
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