It is official! The Philadelphia 76ers will draft 10th in the next NBA draft barring any trades of course. While this team still needs some pieces to compete for the Championship, there are certain ways this organization should prepare for the draft while still maintaining their identity they have built over the course of the past few years.
Holding the tenth pick will most likely not produce a franchise changing player but the 76ers can add to their depth with a smart choice. It is obvious to everyone that Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons are superstars in the making and the front office should not worry about their positions for years to come. Keeping that in mind the position of point guard and center should not be on the radar for this organization.
An obvious choice for this team would be either a shooting guard or a power forward. Ben Simmons‘ biggest weakness is his jump shot and drafting a guard who can change the game with some accurate shooting would only enhance Ben’s court vision while also keeping the ball in his hand for much of the game. Joel Embiid was finally healthy for a full season and has shown he has the potential to be one of the best centers in the league. He was just voted to All NBA Second team and a strong Power Forward to compliment his strengths down low would make Embiid an even better center in this league.
Now while having a top ten pick seems like a blessing this team should not put all their hopes in the draft but rather concentrate on the upcoming free agency period. LeBron James is still an option for this team and while he might not be a definite for the 76ers they should be able to at least land a secondary option. Kawhi Leonard might be available and Paul George has already confirmed he will not re sign with the Oklahoma City Thunder meaning the 76ers front office has options regarding experienced veterans. With the amount of money this team has available free agency is a more viable option when planning for the future success of this organization.
The Philadelphia 76ers have had recent success in the draft but they have also had failures that many have chosen to forget. Names like Jahlil Okafor and Michael Carter-Williams have not lived up to the hype of being First Rounders and don’t forget the jury is still out on recent pick Markelle Fultz. While this team has built themselves through the draft, it is now time to take the next step and sign a veteran or two to teach the young core and compete for the Eastern Conference title. This off season is pivotal for this team going forward not only due to the players who they sign but also due to who the other teams sign and how it shapes the landscape of the NBA in the near future. If the front office is smart the draft should be on the back burner and the focus should remain in free agency. The fate of this franchise depends on it!
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