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Sixers get No.2 pick in NBA Lottery, are changes afoot?

May 18, 2010, 9:19 PM EDT

turner_jumper.jpgThe Philadelphia 76ers may not have won the John Wall sweepstakes, depending on what the Wizards do, but they still lucked out. They had a 6% chance at the No. 2 overall pick and stuck the landing.

What’s interesting is that now the Sixers face a conundrum of their own if the Wizards select John Wall.

The next obvious choice is Ohio State standout Evan Turner. However, the Sixers would then have a logjam at the wings. Turner’s most natural fit is as a shooting guard, which Andre Iguodala currently plays. But Iggy can move to the three very easily, and has the size to play three. But the question then is what happens to Thaddeus Young. Young has played power forward before, but his productivity plummets and he’s frustrated at that position. Not to mention that moves Elton Brand to the bench, which isn’t ideal since he tends to pout and you’re paying for a starter.

So then what’s the solution? Andre Iguodala was rumored to be on the move last year, and he would likely garner the most loot in return. The Sixers could not only finally pursue a true rebuilding effort, but might be able to address their biggest need, point guard, which they can’t in the draft assuming the Wizards take Wall. One issue will be the Sixers’ insistence on a team taking another long contract which teams simply won’t be able to do, because most have already cleared their space for this summer.

The Sixers have been reticent to commit to considerable change outside of adding Elton Brand in free agency and that was a poor move, surprisingly. But after last year’s disaster they have been given the gift of the No. 2 overall pick and a possible franchise player to add. Even if they keep Iguodala, expect the Sixers to be active in moving other pieces.

  1. chad b - May 19, 2010 at 12:50 AM

    my man i dont think you cover the sixers very closely. jrue holiday is a point guard and is their main building block for the future. thaddeus young has looked much more comfortable playing poward forward his entire career and has really struggled playing at his seemingly more natural position of small forward. while i dont think thaddeus’s future is at power forward i think he is more of a bench player that can fill in at the 3 and 4. mareese speights is their future starting power forward and their main hole that they need to fill is at center after they draft turner who actually fills a much bigger need then wall does even though his talent is not at the same level. i would suggest editing this article before too many people read it because it makes you look pretty confused about the sixers current situation.

  2. Mike T - May 19, 2010 at 10:23 AM

    Amen to chad b’s comment.
    Seriously, the Sixers ONLY building block might be Jrue Holiday at PG. What terrible reporting and analysis.

  3. Mr Right - May 19, 2010 at 11:11 AM

    I have to agree with Chad B as well…this is horrible reporting. I mean, what is this guy talking about??????

  4. Joe - May 19, 2010 at 1:14 PM

    This guy is clueless. The only Sixers really worth keeping are Holliday and Young. The Sixers should draft Evan Turner. The shame with this team is that they went after Elton Brand instead of Josh Smith which was a colossal mistake. Obviously, the Sixers should try to unload Dalembert (expiring contract) and Brand, but I doubt anyone wants them. The Sixers can win about 40 games with the team below.
    C – Dalembert
    F – Brand
    F – Iguodala
    G – Turner
    G – Holliday
    Bench Players
    C – Speights
    F – Young
    F/G – Kapono
    G – Williams
    G – Green

  5. nick - May 19, 2010 at 6:50 PM

    I just had to chime in here, the author of this article has no business in sports journalism. Ridiculous, it really makes me question the credibility of the sports news i read on a daily basis.

  6. Jorge Ramos - May 22, 2010 at 7:12 AM

    the sixers best fit right now would most definitely have to be evan turner than john wall but because of walls talent its gonna be so difficult to pass up on a guy like john wall

  7. Daniel Beaulieu - May 26, 2010 at 11:39 PM

    Yeah, this is terrible. Anyone with a passing interest in the Sixers knows that Holiday’s the future there. I mean, we sent the guy to represent us in the lottery- you don’t do that with a guy who’s not gonna be around for a while. I wanna know what’s gonna happen with Louis Williams.

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