The Philadelphia 76ers had many questions to answer before the season started. How could the 76ers improve for their long term future? An anonymous NBA general manager believed the Phildelphia 76ers were one of the few teams planning to tank this year in order to gain a top pick in the star studded 2014 NBA draft.
The 76ers were and are continuing to have trouble on the defensive side, especially defending opponents from beyond the 3-point line. The 76ers are giving up 10.2 3-point shots per game, which is last in the league. In addition, opponents are shooting 27.6% from beyond the 3-point line, which is last in the league as well. The 76ers are giving up 111.1 points per game, which not surprisingly is last in the league as well.
The struggles of the 76ers lies partially on their offense behind the 3-point line. The 76ers are putting up the second most amount of threes per game, 89.0% attempted, but only hitting 33.0% per game, which is 28th in the league. The way that the 76ers are playing, the team will be picking between 2 and 4 in the draft in June. The team should try to acquire either a player who can shoot well, especially beyond the 3-point line or a player who can show the team how to play defense.
With the problems on the offensive side, the 76ers should consider Andrew Wiggins. Joel Embiid is looking like a great prospect, the 76ers should not consider Embiid. I believe Nerlens Noel can help on the defensive side, picking up rebounds and blocking shots. Through 14 games, Wiggins is averaging 15 points and 5 rebounds per game, while shooting 30% from beyond the 3-point line. If the 76ers do take Andrew Wiggins, the team would look great moving forward with Michael Carter-Williams, Evan Turner, Nerlens Noel, Spencer Hawes, along with Andrew Wiggins, in the starting five.