While the 2017-17 season was somewhat predictable, with both the Warriors and Cavaliers reaching the NBA Finals for the third-straight year, there were a number of other storylines going on that were interesting. One storyline that had fans talking was the improvement of the Philadelphia 76ers.
During the 2016-17 season, the 76ers finished with a record of 28 wins and 54 losses, which was second worst in the NBA Eastern Conference Finals. While this does not appear to be too much to be proud of, it was a huge improvement compared to the prior year when the 76ers won only 10 games and looked like one of the worst teams in the history of the league.
As the 76ers continue to look to get better, some of the pieces finally appear to be coming together. After spending a few years on the injured list, Joel Embiid was able to play in 30 games and was dominant when he was on the court. Along with other role players, the 76ers could now have a core of players ready to compete for the playoffs. One of the biggest challenges that they will have this offseason is handling the draft in the right manner (https://thesixersense.com/2017/05/27/philadelphia-76ers-cant-trade-up-nba-draft/).
Heading into the draft lottery, the 76ers had the third highest chance to land the number one overall pick. Unfortunately, they did not win and instead will have the number three overall pick. This was somewhat disappointing given the fact that the top two players are considered to be much better than the rest. Now that they know which pick they will have, the 76ers will have a few different key players to choose from.
Many expected that the 76ers will target De’Aaron Fox, who is a start point guard out of Kentucky. However, they could also be targeting swingman Josh Jackson, who played for Kansas last year and has the ability to put up some major points. Either player should add a necessary amount of athleticism to the team, which will help them keep better pace with some of the higher-scoring teams in the league.