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Predicting the Philadelphia 76ers’ Starting Five for Next Season

Predicting the Philadelphia 76ers' Starting Five for Next Season

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The Philadelphia 76ers tanked this past season in order to hopefully grab a top pick in this year's NBA draft. With the third and tenth picks overall, the Sixers will look to retool their lineup a little bit with some fresh young faces, as well as some other young and blossoming talent. Here is my take on who will be in the starting lineup come opening night for the Sixers.

PG: Michael Carter-Williams

Michael Carter-Williams
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PG: Michael Carter-Williams

Michael Carter-Williams
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Carter-Williams won Rookie of the Year honors for the 2013-14 season, proving he can be a reliable scorer and distributor of the ball on offense. Defensively, Carter-Williams was able to come away with 1.9 steals per game, a fantastic mark for a rookie who shows his hustle and a nose for the ball. Carter-Williams will only continue to get better and provide the Sixers with a positive outlook at the point guard position.

SG: Gary Harris

Gary Harris
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SG: Gary Harris

Gary Harris
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The Sixers will most likely look to grab two wing players who can score as well as play defense with their two lottery picks. Harris would be a great find with the team's second lottery pick due to his ability to be just what the team needs: another two-way guard who can hit perimeter shots. Harris has a lot of potential to be a consistent player on both ends of the floor and could be exactly the kind of player the Sixers need to compete.

SF: Andrew Wiggins

Andrew Wiggins
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SF: Andrew Wiggins

Andrew Wiggins
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Joel Embiid will likely be the Cleveland Cavaliers' pick at No. 1 due to his unlimited potential as a big man, and Jabari Parker seems like an NBA-ready talent tailor made for the Milwaukee Bucks at No. 2. This leaves Wiggins as the first selection for the Sixers who need a dynamic scoring talent. Not only does Wiggins have the most upside of any perimeter player, but he also has the potential to be a lock-down defender on the wing.

PF: Thaddeus Young

Thaddeus Young
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PF: Thaddeus Young

Thaddeus Young
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Young has been with the Sixers for a number of years now, and he has only gotten better in that time. Young averaged a career-high 17.9 points per game on 45.4 percent shooting this past season, and he can really be a great veteran presence for this young Sixers team. Young plays hard on both ends of the floor, and he is the kind of role model the first and second-year players can all look up to.

C: Nerlens Noel

Nerlens Noel
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C: Nerlens Noel

Nerlens Noel
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Noel did not play one minute during the 2013-14 regular season due to recovering from injury, but when he is on the court, he can be a real factor on the defensive end. Noel blocked nearly five shots per game in college, and with his athletic ability and size, he can be a great rim protector for the Sixers. If Noel ever develops a reliable offensive game, he could be a star for Philly. Nevertheless, he is the most talented big on the roster.