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Creighton's Doug McDermott is averaging 26 points per game this season.
This season, the 76ers rank dead last in the NBA in three-point field-goal percentage and 27th in overall field-goal percentage. Simply put, they can't shoot.
The pick they will receive from the New Orleans Pelicans should be in the 8-12 range and there's two guys I'm keeping my eye on: Doug McDermott and Rodney Hood.
McDermott may have some parts of his game that won't translate at the next level, but shooting is not one of them. He shot a lofty 45 percent from three-point range in his career at Creighton and 55 percent overall from the field.
He's going to be in consideration for National Player of the Year after averaging 26.5 points per game this season in a slightly watered down Big East.
Hood is shooting 42 percent from three-point range this season for Duke. He's scoring 16.5 points per game as the second option behind Jabari Parker. The 76ers are in desperate need of scoring and one of these guys paired with Wiggins could go a long way in improving on that end.
If the 76ers go in another direction, then they need to draft a shooter in the early second round or address that need in free agency. The NBA is predicated so much on the drive-and-kick game and currently, the 76ers have no one to kick it to.
The main point is that the 76ers need to hit it out of the park with both of these picks. They need to get their star (Wiggins) and a starter who will immediately contribute. We have seen plenty of teams have two lottery picks and they rarely, if ever, come away with two home runs.
The post-MJ Chicago Bulls were in a similar rebuilding situation in 2001 and acquired both Tyson Chandler (second pick) and Eddy Curry (fourth) in the lottery. Chandler took time to develop coming out of Dominguez High School and ultimately had his best years with other teams, while Curry flamed out completely.
Three years later, the Bulls drafted Ben Gordon (third) and acquired Luol Deng (seventh). This time, it worked out a little better for them, as they became key cogs of perennial playoff teams in a few short years.
Some teams catch bad luck. The Portland Trail Blazers made the right moves in 2006 when they traded for LaMarcus Aldridge (second) and Brandon Roy (sixth) on draft night. They were well on their way to being franchise cornerstones when injuries prematurely ended Roy's (and 2007 first overall pick Greg Oden's) career.
Kevin Durant and Jeff Green could have been two home runs the following year but Green was inconsistent and was eventually traded for Kendrick Perkins in an effort to bolster the Thunder defense.
The jury is still out on Kyrie Irving's 2011 lottery mate Tristan Thompson. Aldridge, Durant and Irving are all franchise players, but these three examples all illustrate that while it may be easy to fall into a great player at the top of the draft, it's hard to land another one later.
And that is where the 76ers find themselves. They have the picks, they have the cap space and they have young talent. What will they do with it?