12 days away from the NBA draft and less than 3 weeks aways from Free Agency the Philadelphia 76ers don't have a Head Coach and the new GM hasn't made it clear what the plan is going to be going foward.
1. We need to know who the Head Coach is going to be by Free Agency, unless we are using that as a selling point to free agents which is unlikely. Teams that lack direction tend to have negative results. Plenty of good coaches out there to hire(Shaw, Hollins, Karl, Del Negro, Skiles) just hire someone so we know what kind of players we should be looking at in FA and The Draft
2. We need to find some help in the draft. The 11th, 35th and 42nd picks might not be considered enough in a relatively weak draft, so the 11th pick must be used on the Best Available player and hopefully that player has a nice amount of potential to add to a young middle of the pact team. The two 2nd round picks should be packaged to move up into the late 1st. No sense in adding two 3 prospects this year, so package the 35th and 42nd for a pick in 20-30 range and get another prospect with potential.
3. What are you doing with Andrew Bynum? ? ? Its kinda important to know going into the draft and free agency. Are we rolling the dice again on Bynum's knee issues or is it safe to assume he isn't part of the plans for the future. If we resign him and he's healthy we are a playoff team, if we resign him and he misses significant time we'll be back in the draft lottery in a deep draft with little to no cap space in 2014. If we let him walk for nothing we'll likely take a step back because no free agent besides Chris Paul and Dwight Howard aren't turning things around overnight. I'd rather sign 1 year deals and suck next year and see where we land in the Draft Lottery in the Parker/Wiggins sweepstakes and a deeper free agent pool
4. What are we going to do with Evan Turner and Spencer Hawes? ? ? When motivated they are talented enough to help a team at multiple positions and account for 10 million in expiring Cash, both are still young enough to add to any teams core. Bigger question is do we just keep them and let their contracts come off the books at the end of the year and chase the 2014 Free Agent and Draft Class.
5. Why isn't this Franchise, which is in a Large Market with a rich history and die hard sports fans considered a Free Agent destination? ? ? High profile coaches don't really ever consider coming here either. What it is about Philadelphia that's turning Free Agents and Head Coaching candidates off? ? ? What is the Team's/City's perception around the league/world? ? ? Why can't the 76ers see a similar fan and player revitalization like the Knicks, Celtics and Lakers? ? ? When I think of historical teams and rivalries I think of the Philadelphia 76ers in the same regard as the Lakers, Celtics, Knicks, Bulls, Pistons, Rockets, Trailblazers and Spurs
And I've never heard anybody turn to their buddy and say, "Bro, lets go to Philly for Spring Break/Road Trip!!!!" And on the Sixers, they look like their in a position to bottom out. Jrue's a great piece, but there's nothing else except Thaddeus Young who's a FA. I have McCoullum, Withey, and Siva going to them in the draft. Trade Turner for a draft pick, he needs a team where he can play more of a point forward role like he did at Ohio State, and pick high next year.
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I was referencing that players would rather play in Miami, Los Angeles, a flashy city like New York, etc. Philly isn't a place that a young player would want to spend the prime of their career. Philly doesn't have either. Orlando's nice, but the market and night life is sub par. Philly's like Cleveland with a bigger market, but marketing isn't everything.
I don't think Mac would agree though.
They need to sign a hard nosed old school coach. Lionel Hollins could work, or George Karl if Memphis and the Clippers don't sign him.
Go after Tyreke Evans as a scoring guard. He and Jru Holiday would be a good back court with Evan Turner off the bench. Good three guard rotation. Thad Young is another athlete to go to the 3 and 4 spots. Spencer Hawes is serviceable so keep him.
In the draft to after Steven Adams. He's a project but he's big and went to Pitt.
In the second round look at BPA. They could use some shooting so Ryan Kelly could work. Siva would be a good
backup point guard.
Rotation: Holiday, Reke, Thad Young, Hawes, and Steven Adams with Evan Turner, Siva, and Ryan Kelly off the bench. Go after Anthony Morrow
or another cheap shooter and sign George Karl as coach.
We need BIGS.. Hire Tim Legler to coach. Young coaches are the new thing.. We're a Young team and have new management
Man I miss Pat Croce
Just splitting hairs but Phoenix and Philadelphia are about the same size population wise. I wouldn't call them big markets, their midsized markets. And I know you were also talking in historical context which I understand.