With the NBA draft lottery in the books and fans in Cleveland coming to the realization of being labeled as the luckiest yet unluckiest city in the country right now, we know the fate of the 14 teams who did not make the post season. The Cleveland Cavaliers shocked the basketball world yet again winning the number one spot for the third time in four years. Hopefully, they can get it wrong for a second consecutive year.
The leagues worst team failed yet again to win the lottery as the Milwaukee Bucks will be picking second in the draft followed by our beloved..cough, cough, Philadelphia 76ers, who finished with leagues second worst record.
The Sixers were well represented at the podium last night as NBA Hall of Famer and 1983 NBA Champion Julius Erving was the teams honorary representative and as the order was being announced looked a tad bit confused when the number 10 envelope was opened and the card donned a 76ers logo. Shrouded in confusion, he looked around as a child does looking for his favorite toy.
Once he realized that it was the pick held originally by the New Orleans Pelicans from the Jrue Holiday trade he let out a grand smile. Sixers were still in the running for a number one spot and the grand prize of Wiggins, Parker, or Embiid. The final three spots were vacant and surely enough the Sixers were slated in the third spot, which in a draft class such as this one with a ton a depth is not a bad consolation prize.
The realization that either Jabari Parker, Joel Embiid or Andrew Wiggins is going to be a 76er is exciting even to just dream about. Each has a ton of strengths that can help this team at all aspects.
Jabari Parker, for example, is viewed by most as the most NBA ready and can score the ball almost at will. Wiggins, who is the most hyped player in the draft will bring an amazing athleticism and swagger to a franchise. Wiggins is currently, according to multiple sources, the Sixers top prospect and would love to have him apart of their roster. Joel Embiid is the consensus number one if Wiggins is not on most draft boards. Embiid came on strong during his lone season at Kansas and is a big presence in the paint. He sat out the entire NCAA tournament because of a lower back strain but he says his back is at 100 percent.
Honestly, the Sixers need any and all the help they can get. Having the rights to the number three pick and 10th pick are huge. Pairing any of these “Big 3″ with a healthy Nerlens Noel and Rookie of the Year Michael Carter-Williams will give the Sixers one of the best young teams for the distant future.
Who would you like to see in a Sixers uniform next season out of the drafts big three?