Philadelphia 76ers' Needs During 2014 Offseason

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Philadelphia 76ers' Needs During 2014 Offseason
Matt Slocum

You'd have a much easier time figuring out what the Philadelphia 76ers don't need than you would determining what they do. At present, the Sixers "boast" a forward-thinking general manager (Sam Hinkie), a patient head coach (Brett Brown), two promising point guards (Michael Carter Williams, Tony Wroten Jr.), a productive wing-forward (Thaddeus Young) and a tantalizing unknown up front (Nerlens Noel).

Other than that, the cupboard in Philly is nigh on bare. Of course, that's been the plan all along. Hinkie dealt All-Star Jrue Holiday on draft day last year and parted ways with Evan Turner and Spencer Hawes prior to this season's trade deadline as part of a wider effort to strip-mine the roster and start from scratch again.

To that end, the Sixers' 2013-14 season was a roaring success, insofar as any campaign marked by a NBA-record-tying 26-game losing streak can be characterized as such. As recompense for the misery incurred during their 17-65 slog through the schedule, the Sixers will have their own high lottery pick to spend in what's expected to be a loaded 2014 NBA draft, in addition to the selection they acquired from the New Orleans Pelicans by way of the Holiday trade and the myriad of second-rounders in Hinkie's stash.

Philly, then, will enter the summer of 2014 with an impressive war chest of picks and cap space to spend on their studs-up rebuild. Plenty of pain remains in the Sixers' immediate future, but with some smart moves—including those suggested herein—the City of Brotherly Love could have a competitive club to embrace in relatively short order.

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