By Ryan Wenzell on June 3, 2014
The Philadelphia 76ers have a huge summer in front of them. This is a crucial year in rebuilding the franchise as general manager Sam Hinkie has two lottery picks at his disposal in a stacked 2014 draft class and boatloads of cap room.
The Sixers need work in a ton of areas. Let's take a look at five ways to fix the Philadelphia 76ers this offseason.
The Philadelphia 76ers were woeful from beyond the arc last season. They simply lacked any pure shooting to pair with point guard Michael Carter-Williams, and that needs to change this offseason. With their second lottery pick, the Sixers will have a ton of options to improve their perimeter shooting. Nik Stauskas may be the best of the bunch. He is a dead eye 3-point shooter and would come in right away to give the Sixers something they lack.
The Philadelphia 76ers' bench was a train wreck last year. Tony Wroten gave a bit of a spark offensively, but other than that it was full of castoffs and journeymen. The Sixers need to upgrade it big time. Patric Young makes a ton of sense as a banger who could give them valuable minutes at the four or five. PJ Hairston is another name to keep an eye on as instant offense off the bench.
The Philadelphia 76ers were at or near the bottom of every defensive category. The lack of rim protection and solid on ball defenders played a huge part in that. They will get their rim protector back in Nerlens Noel this upcoming season. His presence alone should make a huge difference, but the Sixers will still need to add some perimeter defense in the draft and potentially free agency to overhaul this group.
It is imperative that the 76ers find their franchise guy in this stacked 2014 NBA Draft. The wings at the top of the draft -- and in particular Andrew Wiggins -- have a real chance at being franchise changers. Wiggins would fit in perfectly with the Sixers' uptempo offense as an athletic wing who can get to the rim at will. Whether it is Wiggins, Jabari Parker or even Joel Embiid, the Sixers need to land a franchise player in this year's draft.
Too often last season Sixers players had their heads down and looked defeated. I can't say I blame them after a tumultuous 2013-14 campaign, but that needs to stop now. The foundation will have been laid after this year's draft, and head coach Brett Brown really needs to start instilling a winning, playoff type culture in these young players' minds. Brown, coming from the legendary Spurs organization, should be more than up to the task.
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