Philadelphia 76ers' Ideal Starting Five For 2016-17 Season

By Brad Berreman

The Philadelphia 76ers will start a new “process” under new general manager Bryan Colangelo this offseason, starting with the No. 1 overall pick in the draft later this month. Looking ahead to next season, here is Philadelphia’s ideal starting five for 2016-17.

Philadelphia 76ers\' Ideal Starting Five For 2016-17 Season
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Point Guard: Ish Smith

Point Guard: Ish Smith Credit: Getty Images
Smith was acquired from the Pelicans in a December trade, and he proceeded to be a productive player in 50 games for the 76ers (14.7 points, 7.0 assists, 4.3 rebounds per game). He is a free agent, but Philadelphia should absolutely bring Smith back.

Point Guard: Ish Smith

Smith was acquired from the Pelicans in a December trade, and he proceeded to be a productive player in 50 games for the 76ers (14.7 points, 7.0 assists, 4.3 rebounds per game). He is a free agent, but Philadelphia should absolutely bring Smith back.

Shooting Guard: Isaiah Canaan

Shooting Guard: Isaiah Canaan Credit: Getty Images
The 76ers could add a shooting guard through free agency. But Canaan was fairly productive in 77 games (11.0 points per game; 36.3 percent from three) and the shoulder issue that ended his season a little early does not seem like a big concern.

Shooting Guard: Isaiah Canaan

The 76ers could add a shooting guard through free agency. But Canaan was fairly productive in 77 games (11.0 points per game; 36.3 percent from three) and the shoulder issue that ended his season a little early does not seem like a big concern.

Small Forward: Brandon Ingram

Small Forward: Brandon Ingram Credit: Getty Images
Philadelphia has their choice between Ingram and Ben Simmons with the first overall pick. But Ingram was a better perimeter shooter in his lone season at Duke, and thus he's a better fit with the other frontcourt pieces the 76ers have.

Small Forward: Brandon Ingram

Philadelphia has their choice between Ingram and Ben Simmons with the first overall pick. But Ingram was a better perimeter shooter in his lone season at Duke, and thus he's a better fit with the other frontcourt pieces the 76ers have.

Center: Joel Embiid

Center: Joel Embiid Credit: Getty Images
Embiid is expected to finally be healthy enough to play next season, and the 76ers have a looming big man logjam. I see Nerlens Noel as a player on the move, opening up a starting spot for Embiid if he can get on the floor for a meaningful game.

Center: Joel Embiid

Embiid is expected to finally be healthy enough to play next season, and the 76ers have a looming big man logjam. I see Nerlens Noel as a player on the move, opening up a starting spot for Embiid if he can get on the floor for a meaningful game.

Power Forward: Jahlil Okafor

Power Forward: Jahlil Okafor Credit: Getty Images
Between he and Noel, Okafor would surely get the better return in a trade. But the 76ers should not give the 2015 No. 3 overall pick away, and I think he'll be back next season.

Power Forward: Jahlil Okafor

Between he and Noel, Okafor would surely get the better return in a trade. But the 76ers should not give the 2015 No. 3 overall pick away, and I think he'll be back next season.

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