Where Does the Sixers Future Rank Among NBA Lottery Teams?
Despite three tough seasons for fans and a poor record to start this year, the Philadelphia Sixers finally have some hope, as Joel Embiid looks poised to become an eventual superstar, while Ben Simmons waits in the wings.
Fast-forward to the 2017 NBA Draft and the Sixers could have two top-ten draft picks in what is considered to be a very deep draft. The team also owns eight overall first-round picks from 2017-2021 and 13 second round picks over that same time frame.
Currently, Philadelphia has six players on its roster (Embiid, Noel, Okafor, Simmons, Saric, Luwawu-Cabarrot), under 22 years old.
So it would seem the Sixers have a very bright future, and the folks at Fox Sports agree.
They say the Sixers have the fourth brightest future out of all of the lottery teams.
How has The Process worked out, you ask? If you're not a Sam Hinkie sycophant, the results are questionable at best.
Joel Embiid seems like he may be the real deal, but Jahlil Okafor can't play defense, and Nerlens Noel can't get off the bench. Brett Brown is the right man to guide the team through these difficult times, but there's a real frontcourt logjam that needs to be addressed before the right combination of talent can be added to make this a formidable NBA roster.
They mention the logjam in the frontcourt that is now at the forefront since all three bigs are healthy and ready to play, but that will likely change, as Bryan Colangelo hinted at this week when he address the Nerlens Noel mess.
The three teams Fox Sports said have a brighter future are the Phoenix Suns (No. 3), Los Angeles Lakers (No. 2) and Minnesota Timberwolves (No. 1).