Across the NBA the Philadelphia 76ers are considered to be one of the deepest teams from top to bottom. They boast one of the league's highest scoring benches thanks to contributors like Lou Williams, Thaddeus Young and Evan Turner, but it's clear that something is missing.
As the Sixers stumble towards the finish line of the 2011-2012 season it has become clear that while the Sixers possess a wealth of talent on the wing, they're in desperate need of additions to a frontcourt that lacks serious punch.
Spencer Hawes was an early season revelation, but ever since his return from an Achilles injury that had him sidelined the bulk of the season he has failed to be the facilitator he was in December and January.
Rookie center Nikola Vucevic has been wildly inconsistent in his time on the floor, but he has garnered starters minutes lately as Doug Collins has relegated Hawes to a new role off of the bench.
Alongside Hawes and Vucevic, veteran power forward Elton Brand has tried his best to keep pace with the condensed season, but the wear and tear on his aging body is evident.
While Vucevic is locked down for the next several years on his rookie deal, Hawes and Brand may both find themselves on the way out this summer.
Hawes signed a one-year deal this past offseason and will be a restricted free agent in 2012-2013.
Brand, on the other hand, has an early termination option and could opt to become a free agent this summer. The logic behind opting for free agency would be simple for Brand. An opportunity to capture an NBA title would be a great way to cap off an illustrious career.
On the other hand, if Brand decides that he prefers to remain in Philadelphia, the Sixers will be committed to paying him over $18 million next season, a cap number that would certainly inhibit the Sixers ability to sign prized free agents.
With the future of the Sixers' frontcourt looking fuzzy it's time to scout some players who would come in next season and pack a punch for a frontcourt in desperate need of a face lift.
Here are five prospects who could bolster the Sixers' front line in 2012-2013.