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76ers: Return To Prominence Is a Sure Thing And Coming To A Court Near You!

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76ers Returning To Prime Time Basketball

Attention City of brotherly love, the Philadelphia 76ers are on the cusp of returning to the NBA playoffs.

The 76ers have the potential to jump from the 14th seed in the Eastern Conference to 8th seed assuming they’re healthy. The city of brotherly love has not been able to cheer on their 76ers in the playoffs since the 2011-2012 season.

Draft Wisely!

Multiple draft boards suggest that the Sixers will draft Kansas small forward Josh Jackson. Jackson would be a great addition to Philadelphia providing offensive versatility, defense, explosiveness, and NBA readiness.

The former Jayhawk has great upside; however, he needs to work on his shooting consistency, ability to create offense and strength.

If you’re the Sixers you want to add more three-point shooting to the lineup and space the floor. Jackson averaged under 40% behind the arc. Another potential red flag would be that they already have Ben Simmons at the small forward position.

Adding Jackson could work considering the league’s transition to small ball line-ups. The 6’8 forward could play the three while Simmons slides to the four.

It’s easy to fall in love with drafting Josh Jackson with the number three pick, but management should consider Malik Monk.

Monk will provide any team with speed, scoring, energy, and defense. Despite scouts criticizing the former Kentucky Wildcat for his defense, ability to create on offense and decision making, he is a steal. Adding Monk also addresses the 76ers need for a shooting guard.

Adding a shooting guard will create balance in the rotation that already contains Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, Gerald Henderson, T.J. McConnell, Dario Saric, Robert Covington, Sergio Rodriguez, Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot and Nik Stauskas.

It’s All About The Picks!

Keep in mind the Sixers have five picks in this year’s draft:

  • 1st round pick- Kings (swapped the 76ers 5th overall pick for Sacramento’s 3rd overall pick)
  • Four (2nd picks)

Now or Never For Management!

General Manager Bryan Colangelo, can construct a winning roster in multiple ways considering the draft picks the franchise has accumulated. In addition to draft picks the team has multiple trading pieces on the roster.

Colangelo and the organization should also consider drafting Lonzo Ball due to his ball control, court vision, leadership and ability to push the tempo. (If the Los Angeles Lakers decide to blow their future!)

Ball’s weaknesses are his strength, consistency in big moments and Lavar Ball. After the draft, the Sixers management may want to consider trading some picks away to acquire big name players.

Also if the 76ers wanted to use some cap space they could sign one max player in the future maybe two depending on whom.

The core that GM Colangelo has constructed in Simmons and Embiid will help launch the franchise into relevance.  If you consider how much impact Embiid had last season without Simmons, imagine the team at full strength.

Off Season Moves!

In the offseason it will be significant for the Sixers to focus on the following:

  • Rehab Ben Simmons
  • Draft Malik Monk
  • Trade Jahlil Okafor
  • Acquire a point guard (Maybe Kyle Lowry?)
  • Do not overcrowd positions
  • Draft strategically with the five draft picks
  • Decide whether you want to develop a big three through the draft
  • Send players to the D-League to create space
  • Place players in summer league

This should be an exciting year for the city of brotherly love!

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