The Philadelphia 76ers have been stuck in neutral for the last decade because they have refused to accept an NBA gold standard. Splashy free agent signings and blockbuster trades may garner big headlines, but the NBA draft is where contenders are born.
Philadelphia has had some luck unearthing gems in the 10-20 range of the draft, such as Jrue Holiday and Thaddeus Young, but finding a superstar that could push them out of mediocrity has proved to be a more difficult task in recent years.
Now more than ever is an appropriate time to revisit the Sixers best picks, as the team appears certain to be in the mix for 2014's top selection. Having traded All-Star point guard Jrue Holiday to the New Orleans Pelicans for a still recovering Nerlens Noel and the Pelicans own 2014 first-rounder, the Sixers have sacrificed the present for dividends down the line.
Before Philadelphia attempts to make their next great pick in 2014, take a walk down memory lane and find out who made the cut as the five best picks in franchise history.