Owning the No.1 pick, the 76ers have the burden of choosing between Duke’s Brandon Ingram or LSU’s Ben Simmons.
In 2014, former Philadelphia 76ers General Manager Sam Hinkie set out to change the fortunes of the one of the NBA’s great franchises through an unconventional method. The “Tanking” process was adopted to put the 76ers in the best position to draft Kansas freshman standout Andrew Wiggins. After failing to land the top pick needed to acquire the talented swingman, the 76ers ended up drafting his teammate, center Joel Embiid with the third overall pick. Embiid has yet to play in an NBA game due to a nagging injury to his right foot. Last season, the team once again landed the third overall pick and selected Duke center Jahlil Okafor. Okafor was selected largely in part because of the uncertainty of Embiid’s basketball future.
The third time was a charm as the 76ers won the NBA Draft Lottery for the first time in 20 seasons (Allen Iverson). Mysterously, Hinkie, the mastermind behind “The Plan” resigned in April. The team’s new GM Brian Colangelo now has the task of finishing what Hinkie started. It begins with the selection of scoring swing man Brandon Ingram, the multi-faceted Ben Simmons or (GULP) trading the pick.