Since the post-tanking Sixers first became a legitimate playoff contender two seasons ago, one of their most glaring flaws has been an absence of depth. But now following a very active offseason, it seems Elton Brand has built out a complete starting lineup, a playoff caliber mid rotation, and even an interesting deep bench.
As a result, the Sixers could experiment with a lot of different rotation iterations next season. Matisse Thybulle and Zhaire Smith could hit the ground running and climb their way into prominent rotation roles, or if they struggle early on Brett Brown could bury them behind more consistent veterans. On any given night, it could be Trey Burke as the first option to give Ben Simmons a breather or it could be Raul Neto. Kyle O’Quinn could get DNPs for two weeks straight only to be thrust into a 20 minutes per game role when Embiid needs to manage his load.
To help us think about all the possible lineup combinations, the strengths and weaknesses of certain pairings, bench roles, etc., we’re going to execute a community fantasy draft of the Sixers current roster, using all 15 players to create three different lineups. Then we can dig into some analysis and compare the squads.
It’ll all be pretty simple. Three teams: Sixers Red, Sixers White and Sixers Blue. 15 players = 15 picks. Snake draft. Selections made by community poll. When voting for a selection, community members should consider the other players already on the team that’s “on the clock” and how we might build a system around those players and optimize it.
Without further delay, let’s get to the first overall pick. I have a feeling this one’s all but set in stone already, but hey it’s June 30th, we’ve got time to kill.
With the first pick, Sixers Red selects:
This poll is closed.
Joel Embiid(656 votes)
Ben Simmons(47 votes)
Tobias Harris(3 votes)
Al Horford(6 votes)
Josh Richardson(4 votes)