2011 NBA Draft: 5 Players That Could Help Turn the 76ers into Contenders

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2011 NBA Draft: 5 Players That Could Help Turn the 76ers into Contenders
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Despite their painful exit from the playoffs at the hands of the Miami Heat, Doug Collins' 76ers have fans in the City of Brotherly Love excited about basketball again. Collins' team-first mentality and the team's seemingly endless stable of athletic players brought the franchise out of the cellar and back into contention. The Sixers, despite suffering from a difficult matchup in the first round, displayed the sort of determination and grit that made every game a nail-biter.

Despite an offseason with questions surrounding the future of Andre Iguodala, the Sixers have several pieces in place to compete in the Eastern Conference. As strong as they are in certain departments, such as their slashing guards and versatile wing players, Collins' squad still has some glaring holes that need to be addressed.

With money tied up in the contracts of Elton Brand and Iguodala, their best bet to approach their needs is through the draft. Regardless of what happens to Iguodala, the team desperately needs PF/C who can rebound, play defense, and contribute on the offensive end. They could also use a more consistent scorer at the two guard, as Jodie Meeks' reliance on three-pointers and transition plays better suits his game to coming off the bench.

Here are five players that I see being a valuable addition to a squad that appears to be right on the cusp. 

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