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2014-2015 Line Up

With two lottery picks coming up (1 in the top 3 most likely) and a boatload of cap space the Sixers actually have a chance to create one of the biggest turnarounds in NBA history. Think reverse 2010-2011 Cavs. Here's the possible line up with my reasoning below: PG: MCW SG: Lance Stephenson SF: Andrew Wiggins PF: Thad Young/Luol Deng C: Nerlens Noel Key Reserves: Thad Young/Luol Deng, Zach Lavine, Jason Richardson (or other possible draft day move) Yes, I know what you're thinking: 1 - there's no way this would happen and 2 - even if it did that line up is set to have some serious size issues. Let's go through these two one at a time. First the draft. The Sixers are likely going to have a top 3 pick which will probably land them either Wiggins or Parker. Can't see them going for Embiid as they already have Noel waiting for them. Odds are they will get Wiggins as the Bucks, Lakers, Kings and Jazz(their closest competitors for the top pick) don't seem to have Wiggins on top of their respective big boards. If Orlando lands a pick ahead of the Sixers things get interesting but for the sake of argument let's at least say that the odds are in favor of the Sixers drafting Wiggins right now. With the New Orleans pick which is almost assuredly headed their way and will likely be at least a top 12 pick, the Sixers have a great chance to draft an explosive young player with big upside who might need more time to develop. Cue Zach Lavine. If Rodney Hood is still on the board by the time this pick rolls around I see the Sixers going there first but if the pick falls outside the top 10 Lavine is probably the best option. I know many people want Vonleh but think on this, Brett Brown has made the Sixers play at the fastest pace of any team in the NBA this year. Does that style suit Vonleh and a team that would then play with two twin towers a la the early 2000s Spurs or does it suit a young, athletic, and explosive group? Coming out of the draft, that would leave the Sixers with a core of MCW, Wiggins, Noel, Lavine, Richardson(Damn that player option), and some roster fodder along with 26ish million in cap space. While some might argue that the Sixers should then use that space to pursue a top tier free agent like Lebron or Melo or hold it for next year and Kevin Love, instead I think the Sixers can make two smart buys and maximize their young teams ability to grow while also fielding a top level team. First, Lance Stephenson. If the Sixers bid around 10 million for him, the Pacers can't match without going into the luxury tax - something Larry Bird has made clear the Pacers simply will not do. Now, the Sixers already traded Evan Turner to the Pacers for essentially nothing. I'd call that a likely consolation prize for the Pacers to ensure that they don't attempt to make a dramatic move to keep Lance around and maybe encourage him to head to Philadelphia. The Pacers have to know they have little chance of keeping Lance after this season, Evan Turner seems like a pretty good consolation prize. With that in mind, could the Sixers convince Deng to come with them and chase a title with a group of young, athletic, superstars in the making for the next 3-4 years at 15 million a year? My gut says yes. It would only be slightly less than Deng made on his last contract and Deng is on the back end of his career without a title to his name. Joining a young elite team to provide veteran leadership and be the glue that lets this team grow seems like a perfect role for him. In addition, it would let the Sixers play fun up tempo basketball with lots of line up flexibility, something most NBA players and coaches love. Facing a small ball team like the Heat, throw out MCW, Lance, Wiggins, Deng, and Noel to match up athletically with any starting five in the NBA and a killer bench trio of Young, Lavine, and Richardson. Facing a behemoth like the Pacers, MCW, Wiggins, Deng, Young, and Noel provide for a team with size and length if not quite as much length with Lance, Lavine, and Richardson as a sparkplug unit off the bench. What's more, after next year, Richardson's and Young's contracts come off the books ensuring there will be enough cap space to keep MCW and Noel as they move into their second contracts and Lance and Deng will come off in time to keep Wiggins and Lavine. If any of those players want to return to the Sixers to keep playing for championships, they could do so at a contender discount a la Ray Allen. Would a team of MCW, Lance, Wiggins, Deng, and Noel with Young, Lavine, and Richardson win a title right out of the gate? Probably not, not even the Heat could do it in 2010-2011, but it would absolutely be one of the top contenders as the season progressed and they gelled together. Sam Hinkie is not one to sit back and I would be shocked if at least some sort of similar roster was not present at opening day next season. Expect exciting things and contention for the 2014-2015 Sixers.

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