2014 Draft Picks: Round 1 - Picks 3, 10 | Round 2 - Picks 32, 39, 47, 52, 54
TRADE 3: Philadelphia 76ers acquire cash considerations from Brooklyn in exchange for No. 60 pick Cory Jefferson.
Areas of Strength
Flexibility. With only one non-rookie contract (that of Thaddeus Young) that goes beyond next season (he has a $10 million option for 2015-16), Sam Hinkie can mold his roster any way he wants. He can also take advantage of teams that are looking to lessen payroll.
Talent. Even with two lottery picks already on the roster and two more coming in this Draft, the Sixers need guys who can score and defend. Michael Carter-Williams had a solid rookie season, but we still don’t know if he’ll turn into an above-average point guard. And we don’t know if Nerlens Noel and this year’s picks will pan out. Tearing down the roster was the easy part. Now, Hinkie has to make the right decisions in building it back up.
Two Stats That Matter
26 -- Consecutive games lost by the Sixers between Jan. 31 and March 27, tying the longest losing streak in NBA history.
101.6 -- Possessions per 48 minutes that the Sixers averaged under first-year coach Brett Brown, the fastest pace in the league.
The Way To Go
NBA.com's Draft expert, Scott Howard-Cooper, offers up his suggestions:
This is uniquely about the previous draft and how the Sixers feel about taking Joel Embiid, who is coming off an injury, after adding Nerlens Noel in 2013, who is also coming off an injury, and whether they project Noel at center or power forward. If doubling down on health doesn’t worry them and the Noel read is more power forward, using No. 3 on center Embiid has to be seriously considered. If either factor is a deal-breaker for Embiid, Philly probably goes whichever forward is left, Andrew Wiggins or Jabari Parker. Wiggins would be a particular surge of energy for a team that just won 19 games and will be relying heavily on three players with either one season (Michael Carter-Williams) or no experience (Noel, the incoming rookie).
2013-14 Team Stats (points per 100 possessions, with NBA rank)
Offensive: 96.8 (30th)
Defensive: 107.5 (27th)
G/F: James Anderson
G: Michael Carter-Williams
F: Brandon Davies
F: Arnett Moultrie
C: Nerlens Noel
C: Henry Sims
G/F: Hollis Thompson
F/C: Jarvis Varnado
G: Casper Ware
G: Elliot Williams
G: Tony Wroten
F: Thaddeus Young
C: Byron Mullens (player option)
G: Jason Richardson (player option)
F: Adonis Thomas
Recent Draft History
2013: Michael Carter-Williams (11), Glen Rice, Jr. (35), Pierre Jackson (42)
2012: Maurice Harkless (15), Justin Hamilton (45), Tornike Shengelia (54)
2011: Nikola Vucevic (16), Lavoy Allen (50)
2010: Evan Turner (2)
2009: Jrue Holiday (17)
-- John Schuhmann