2011 NBA Draft: The Best Prospects Still Available for Philly at Pick 16

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2011 NBA Draft: The Best Prospects Still Available for Philly at Pick 16
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The 76ers were knocked out of this year’s playoffs by the Miami Heat, who may very well be the NBA champions when this season is over. Although suffering a first round knockout, the Sixers have a lot to look forward to in the near future.

After his second season, Jrue Holiday is continuing to emerge as one of the best young point guards in the league. Jodie Meeks is young also and played well in a starting role this season. Rookie Evan Turner struggled for most of the season but had a solid postseason. It will be interesting to see how he plays next season now that he has a year under his belt.

Thaddeus Young, assuming the Sixers bring him back, will continue to be a force off the bench along with Louis Williams. For the team as a whole, a second year together in Doug Collins' system will only exude more confidence and continuity. The team is full of young and talented players all growing together to achieve the ultimate goal of winning a championship.

Notice I did not mention Andre Iguodala. That’s because it is unlikely he will be with the team next season. It has been rumored that the Sixers are actively pursuing a trade for him.

With the 16th pick in the draft, the Sixers will be looking to draft a player who fits the team persona and team needs. If you have read my articles before, I have talked about a few of these players before as a potential picks for the 76ers.

Here are the players the Sixers realistically have a chance of drafting I believe will best serve the team in the near future and the long run…

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