Despite Not Hitting It Big In Lottery, Philadelphia 76ers Still In Great Position

By Ryan Wenzell
Philadelphia 76ers 2014 NBA Draft
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The Philadelphia 76ers may not have gotten the night’s ultimate prize, but they are still in a great position to heavily improve their squad both now and going forward. The night could have gone a heck of a lot worse for the Sixers.

They retained the 10th overall pick that they obtained in the Jrue Holiday trade with the New Orleans Pelicans and landed in the lottery with the third selection. Landing anywhere in the top-three is big this year, as there look to be at least three franchise altering talents in Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker and Joel Embiid. The Sixers could certainly use both wing and frontcourt scoring, so any of the three would be a welcomed addition.

There’s no doubt that most fans’ eyes are on Parker and Wiggins. The Sixers struggled to get anything going from the perimeter all season. Parker especially would come right in and provide a double-digit scoring threat on the wing for Michael Carter-Williams to distribute to.

While Embiid is a tantalizing talent, he would be an interesting fit. The Sixers already have their center of the future or so it seems in Nerlens Noel. Matching up the two big men, while a heck of a defensive pairing, might be redundant. Embiid’s offensive upside, however, is far superior. He showed phenomenal footwork and the ability to shoot from the mid range in college, something Noel never displayed.

Still, many Sixers fans, myself included, had their eyes on the electric Wiggins from the start. That no longer looks likely. But the fact is the Sixers are still in position to get one and possibly two blue chip, highly talented players in this draft. We also know Sam Hinkie isn’t shy about wheeling and dealing to put his squad in a better position.

May 20 was an interesting and fruitful night for the Sixers organization. Let’s hope June 26 bares even more fruit.

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