With the potential for two lottery picks in a loaded 2017 NBA Draft, monitoring that class is a major part of the future for the Philadelphia 76ers.
Even with Bryan Colangelo‘s newfound stress on immediate improvement, the Philadelphia 76ers are a team based in the future. The entire framework of their organization is geared towards making changes that will benefit their young core as they develop over time, and their most pressing sense of urgency still remains geared towards sorting out their roster situation moving forward.
That’s what makes the 2017 NBA Draft such a crucial focal point for the Sixers and fans alike as the trajectory of the franchise as a whole continues to shift. Philadelphia will likely still find themselves in the lottery next season, with the Sacramento Kings’ pick swap and the Los Angeles Lakers’ protected first rounder all but promising that.
While Ben Simmons was, without question, the first step towards attaining a level of competitiveness in the Eastern Conference, the Sixers’ rotation is far from complete–and the potential for two lottery picks in the most talented draft class since 2003 could go a long way in rounding out the beginning stages of their dynamic new rebuild.
Simmons is an excellent playmaker, but Philly still lacks scoring, alongside perimeter depth and a myriad of other voids that could be filled by some of the players set to enter the 2017 Draft as it currently stands. You can read my top 30 prospect rankings here.
The following is, however, an in-depth look at the ten best prospects from the Sixers’ perspective, with team fit taken into consideration.