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What does Sixers getting No. 10 pick mean for team?

What does Sixers getting No. 10 pick mean for team?

The Sixers will draft 10th in the 2018 NBA draft.

The results were announced Tuesday in Chicago, where the Sixers and Celtics learned the destination of the Lakers’ first-round selection. The Suns, who had the worst record in the league, landed the first overall pick (see order)

If the Lakers’ pick had ended up at Nos. 1 or past 5, it belonged to the Sixers. If it had been Nos. 2 through 5, it would have gone to the Celtics. The Sixers had a 1.1 percent chance for first and 86.98 percent chance for 10th. 

The Sixers acquired this pick in 2015 as part of the Michael Carter-Williams trade. Last summer, they sent it to the Celtics with the aforementioned conditions in the deal to get the No. 1 pick to draft Markelle Fultz. 

This pick essentially is a bonus for the Sixers this year. Their own first-round pick is 26th, the result of having the fifth-best record in the NBA (52-30). They also hold the 38, 39, 56, 60 selections in the second round. 

Who could the Sixers select with the pick? 
Versatility, athleticism and defense are traits of draft prospects that would fit with the Sixers. The team implemented fluid lineups throughout the season, and prospects who are not pigeonholed into one specific role could be incorporated.

Villanova forward Mikal Bridges and Michigan State forward Miles Bridges are two players projected to be available at 10th who could fill those roles. If Missouri forward Michael Porter Jr. were to fall on the draft board, he also could be a match for the Sixers’ system. 

But will they keep it?
There is a chance the Sixers do not hold on to this pick. Unlike past years, the Sixers are not drafting a top-three player with the intentions of becoming a cornerstone building block, as was the case with Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons and Fultz. 

The Sixers have their young core in place and any new additions likely would supplement it. Unless, of course, they find a diamond-in-the-rough franchise player. Paul Pierce, Paul George and Joe Johnson are among those previously drafted at No. 10. 

Roster space is at a premium for the Sixers this offseason. They have to determine which of the current players they will re-sign, if Jonah Bolden will enter the NBA, and what to do with their six draft picks. 

The team could select draft-and-stash prospects, like they did last year with Bolden, Anzejs Pasecniks and Mathias Lessort. Or, they could draft and trade players as was the case with Jawun Evans and Sterling Brown. 

There are positive signs, but still glaring issues with Sixers

There are positive signs, but still glaring issues with Sixers

After dropping their second straight game in overtime Friday night in Oklahoma City (see observations), the Sixers at times sounded like a team looking for answers.

More of that is likely struggling to answer questions coming off another brutal loss. They have an idea why they’ve lost five of their last seven after starting their season 5-0. A large part of it is a group with a bunch of new faces that are still figuring each other out. On Friday, fouls were an issue as they allowed the Thunder to attempt 41 free throws.

For a team that has championship aspirations and got off to such a hot start, this isn’t where they expected to be 12 games into the season.

“Obviously we're frustrated,” Tobias Harris said to reporters postgame. “7-5 is not where we want to be. It's early in the season and right now we're going to progress and get better and figure out ways that we can help each other and help our team and go from there. This game is over. Tomorrow, we'll watch film on it, we'll find out which ways that we can better ourselves and be ready for the next game. [We’re] 7-5 right now but ... we'll just go into the next game and be ready to get that win and go from there.”

There are reasons for optimism — with Harris being arguably the biggest.

After missing 23 straight threes and looking lost recently, Harris splashed his first trey of the game and looked like a totally different player. He finished with 21 points on 8 of 16 from the field and 3 of 4 from three. He was much more aggressive and decisive than he’d been in the previous two games.

Josh Richardson, returning to his native Oklahoma, has continued to show signs of improvement. He poured in 28 points, his highest total as a Sixer. More importantly, he’s looked much more comfortable in the offense as he figures out his role.

Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons both had their moments. Embiid had a game-high 31 points and Simmons broke out after a quiet first half to play the entire second half.

One of the team’s biggest issues is figuring out the pairing of Embiid and Al Horford. The reality is Horford has never played with a center like Embiid who demands the ball and attention offensively. It’s been an obvious adjustment for Horford, who shot just 5 of 12 Friday and has done most of his damage with Embiid off the floor.

The uncomfortable offensive fit for the entire starting five has been a big reason the Sixers have been involved in so many close games. A familiar theme emerged Friday, as the Sixers held a nine-point advantage with 7:20 to go in the game. Instead of hitting the gas and putting the Thunder away, they gave up a 12-2 run and saw their lead evaporate.

These are talented players that have won in different places. They’re still learning how to win together.

“I was just telling Al about that,” Harris said, “and really it's just I think a matter of right now we are yet to be up like eight points and push that to 15 and really push what we're doing and move forward with that, and really imposing our will and dominating. And that's something that we have to get to and that's something I think we're still learning — how we can do that and how we can make those type of runs. That's something we definitely got to get better at.”

The good news is you see the talent and recognize some of the issues.

And Brett Brown has 70 games to figure it out.

“If you're sick and you don't know why, that's a problem,” Brown said. “We are in a tough spot right now, but it's a long year. I think that it doesn't take much for me to understand where we have to get better. And it's really that simple. If you're scratching your head, sort of confused, then I think we got some problems and that's not what I'm doing. I think the guys understand the areas that matter most that can best impact changing the way things are going and get back on the winning side.”

They know the problems, now they just have to answer the questions.

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Sixers Talk podcast: What went wrong in OKC?

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Sixers Talk podcast: What went wrong in OKC?

Danny Pommells and Paul Hudrick discuss Brett Brown's decision to have Furkan Korkmaz play key minutes in overtime, using more pick-and-rolls with Joel Embiid, and the loss to the Thunder.

• Should Brown have gone to Korkmaz when Tobias Harris fouled out in overtime?

• Do the Sixers need to rework their offense?

• The starting lineup looked good at times, but what went wrong in OKC?

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