2016 Philadelphia 76ers Offseason Preview: The Future is Bright

As you probably know, the NBA Draft Lottery was last Tuesday. And for my beloved Philadelphia 76ers, the dreadful process paid off. We have the #1 pick, and the word is we will be taking the Australian prodigy, Ben Simmons. They also have the 24th (Miami) and 26th (Oklahoma City) picks and loads of cap space. The issue is, Philly has too many big men and need help on the perimeter.

If you would like to see this with other teams, tell me on Twitter (@edelmanpis), but without further ado, let’s get into the Philadelphia 76ers offseason preview.

First off, I’m going to assume that the Sixers are drafting Ben Simmons. If they do so, here’s a quick look at what serviceable players they have at each position…

PG- Ish Smith (UFA), TJ McConnell

SG- None

SF- Ben Simmons*, Robert Covington, Hollis Thompson

PF- Nerlens Noel, Dario Saric*, Jerami Grant

C-Jahlil Okafor, Joel Embiid*

 

It’s obvious how much we need help at the guard positions. What needs to happen is a trade. The idea of this trade has been rumored for a few days now, and I think it makes total sense both ways..

Sixers trade: Jahlil Okafor, 24th pick

Celtics trade: 3rd pick, 16th pick

Now, after the Sixers take Simmons, the LA Lakers will take Duke scorer Brandon Ingram. Who should Philly take at #3? Providence PG Kris Dunn. He’s 22 years old, he’s explosive, and would be a great fit with this team. At #16, they should take someone who will probably still be available because of his age, Michigan State Spartan Denzel Valentine. We’re going to assume he’s available, but in case he wasn’t I would hope for Notre Dame PG Demetrius Jackson. I’d hope that at pick #28, we take another perimeter player, maybe Malik Beasley from Florida State.

The next step is Free Agency. We haven’t been major (or minor) players in the FA waters for quite a while now. But this is the year that changes. The Sixers have more cap space than just about anybody else in the league, and with the cap going up this summer, some average players are going to be getting way above average contracts.

When I look at the team I’ve constructed, there’s a gaping hole at the SG position. When I look at the upcoming Free Agents, I see a player who’s a true SF but can play the SG position with ease. He’s one of the 5 most underrated players in the NBA, and his name is Nicolas Batum. He’s an unrestricted Free Agent who is a great shooter and an even better defender- my favorite type of player. Could he demand a max contract? He might. Is he worth all of that money? Possibly not. Does that matter? Nope. He fills a huge need, and we have the cap space.

Let’s now take a look at the roster I have assembled…

PG- Kris Dunn, T.J. McConnell

SG- Nicolas Batum, Denzel Valentine, Malik Beasley

SF- Ben Simmons*, Robert Covington, Hollis Thompson

PF- Nerlens Noel, Dario Saric*, Jerami Grant

C-Joel Embiid*

Doesn’t this seem much better to you? So please Colangelo family (who seem to have hijacked our franchise), ease our pain. We’ve trusted the process, and now the time to build a team and not just compile assets has come. We have the pieces necessary to build a future great team, and it’s time to capitalize.

Whew, that took a lot out of me. What team should I put my GM cap on for next? Once again, you can find me on Twitter @edelmanpis, and you should follow @TheLastTimeout so you know when any article goes up.

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