DRAFT TRADE: 76ers acquire two future second-round picks in trade with Detroit Pistons for 38th overall pick Khryi Thomas
Areas Of Strength
In Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons, the Sixers have two of the best young talents in the league. They've also seen Dario Saric and Robert Covington become solid complementary pieces. Markelle Fultz remains a question mark, but this team made a huge leap in going from 25-25 to the No. 3 seed in the East and, eventually, the conference semifinals. They had a top-five defense for most of the season and improved offensively with additional shooting around their young stars.
Simmons inability to shoot outside of 10 feet became a problem against Boston in the conference semifinals. And while Fultz was able to get back on the floor for the last 10 games of the regular season, he wasn't ready for the playoffs. Developing the two No. 1 picks remains priority No. 1, but with the free agency of Marco Belinelli, Ersan Ilyasova and J.J. Redick, there's also danger in losing the shooting that's necessary to complement their stars.
Two Stats That Matter
408 -- The Sixers led the league in ball movement, recording 408 passes per 24 minutes of possession. They also ranked second in player movement, traveling 11.3 miles per 24 minutes of possession, according to Second Spectrum tracking.
53 percent -- The Sixers were the No. 1 rebounding team in the league, grabbing 53 percent of available rebounds. They ranked third in offensive rebounding percentage (25 percent) and ninth in defensive rebounding percentage (79 percent).
The Way To Go
This should be the Sixers' last chance to land a top free agent with cap space. And the No. 10 pick, along with five picks from 26-60, could be used as trade assets. They have their primary playmaker and they have an elite big man to anchor them on both ends of the floor, so the mantra for everything they do this summer is that you can never have too much shooting in this league. If they can't keep all of their free agent shooters, they need to add more via the Draft or free agency.
2017-18 Team Stats (points per 100 possessions, with NBA rank)
Offensive: 107.4 (11th)
Defensive: 102.0 (3rd)
G-F: Justin Anderson
G: Jerryd Bayless
F: Robert Covington
C: Joel Embiid
G: Markelle Fultz
G-F: Furkan Korkmaz
G-F: Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot
F: Dario Saric
G-F: Ben Simmons
G: Marco Belinelli (unrestricted)
F-C: Richaun Holmes (team option)
F: Ersan Ilyasova (unrestricted)
F-C: Amir Johnson (unrestricted)
G: T.J. McConnell (team option)
G: J.J. Redick (unrestricted)
Recent Draft History
2017: Markelle Fultz (1); Jonah Bolden (36); Jawun Evans (39), traded to LA Clippers; Sterling Brown (46), traded to Milwaukee; Mathias Lessort (50)
2016: Ben Simmons (1); Timothe Luwawu (24); Furkan Korkmaz (26)
2015: Jahlil Okafor (3); Willy Hernangomez (35), traded to New York; Richaun Holmes (37); Arturas Gudaitis (47); JP Tokoto (47); Luka Mitrovic (60)
2014: Joel Embiid (3); Elfrid Payton (10), traded to Orlando; KJ McDaniels (32); Jerami Grant (39); Russ Smith (47), traded to New Orleans; Vasilije Micic (52); Nemanja Dangubic (54)
2013: Michael Carter-Williams (11); Glen Rice Jr. (35), traded to Washington; Pierre Jackson (42)
2012: Maurice Harkless (15); Justin Hamilton (45), traded to Miami; Tornike Shengelia (54), traded to New Jersey
-- John Schuhmann