By Cody Daniel @CodyDanielRS on June 29, 2014
The NBA Draft didn’t play out as most expected, seeing as the Philadelphia 76ers missed out on Andrew Wiggins. But still, the future can still be tremendously bright for the Sixers if the pieces just fall into place. That said, for the pieces to fall into place, the Sixers must make some crucial moves this offseason.
In the draft alone, the Philadelphia 76ers added at least four guys who should be on their roster to kick next season off. For a roster that is in severe need of some depth, this will be huge for the Sixers next season. Now, if they can manage to snag a free agent or two, Philly could fill their 2014-15 roster out nicely.
With the Sixers using their No. 3 pick in the latest draft on Joel Embiid, they will need to start developing Nerlens Noel into a player who can successfully run the power forward role with Thaddeus Young on his way out and Embiid looking to assume the center position. Running Henry Sims along side Noel this season could do a lot towards that development.
Thaddeus Young has already made it known that he doesn’t want to remain in Philadelphia after next seasons concludes and his contract up. With Young recently becoming a well-known asset, the Sixers have to move him and receive something in return that’s worth adding to their rebuilding process.
After the Sixers selected Joel Embiid with their No. 3 pick in the NBA Draft, it was clear that Sam Hinkie was thinking long-term and had no intentions on winning immediately. For the Sixers, it’s key to remain patient and understand Hinkie is working on a plan that will require fans, players and coaches to be patient and understand that the future is much brighter.
As the last slide mentioned, this isn’t going to be an overnight process for the 76ers to become a successful organization. That said, if the Sixers make the playoffs, they lose their first round pick next season, and in addition to that, they still need an explosive scorer in next year’s lottery. The best way for that is for Philly to tank again.
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