|Fourth in our 9 players, 9 days series and sixth on my draft board is Wake Forest's combo forward, Al-Farouq Aminu. Thoughts after the jump.|
|Up next in the 9 players, 9 days series is Ekpe Udoh. Higher on my board than probably just about every other board, but I have my reasons. Allow me to explain after the jump.|
Latest comment: from JohnEMageeScared the hell out of my gf and my pets when the raptors made that really stupid mistake...
|The second player up in the 9 players, 9 days series is Kansas center, Cole Aldrich. Again, Aldrich is here because I believe he's likely on the Sixers radar, not because I want the Sixers to take him. More after the jump.|
|We have nine days to go until the fateful lottery balls will be selected in the NBA draft lottery. The way I see it, right now, the Sixers will probably wind up taking one of eight players when all is said and done. I'm going to expand it to nine and list my top nine, from bottom to top. One per day until we reach number one on the day of. First up, number nine on my list, Ed Davis.|
|In what I believe is a five-man draft, the Sixers most-likely landing spot in the draft lottery is number six. After the jump, let's take a look at the teams who will probably be drafting ahead of the Sixers and see if we can identify a player who two who may sneak into the top five ahead of Philly.|
|Either the Sixers have finally run into a modicum of good luck (or Joe Dumars broke a couple of mirrors after realizing he signed both Ben Gordon and Charlie V. last summer). Either way, according to the Pistons' Twitter account, the Sixers won the coin flip and will slot into the #6 spot of the NBA draft. Details after the jump (h/t Liberty Ballers)|
|Since this disaster of a season is taking forever to end, let's use Monday morning to look forward a bit. As of today, the Sixers stand alone with the 7th-worst record in the league. If they lose their final two games, they can finish no worse than that. I'm going to try to retain some positivity, so after the jump I'll give you my draft board, ranked 1-7 only, if the Sixers fall, well, let's not think about that yet.|
|This team has holes, plural. Unfortunately, as TK76 pointed out yesterday in the comments, the Sixers have put themselves in a position where they may only be able to address one of them. Let's talk priorities after the jump.|
|The next time someone tells you no one cares about the Sixers, get them to take a look at yesterday's post and the 220+ comments from Sixers fans. I'm proud of you guys for carrying the torch and I can only hope that some day the franchise will put a product on the court worthy of your devotion. Let's keep the momentum going with another question today, check it out after the jump.|
|Two draft-related questions after the jump to kick off your Monday morning.|
Latest comment: from JohnEMagee"It just isn't true" Again - that's your opinion...
|If you missed SixersBeat last night, Derek and I spent some time talking about the draft, and the core group of players who have the highest likelihood of making a big impact on the roster. You can listen to the replay here. After the jump, I want to expand upon the logic a bit and maybe draw a line in the sand.|
Latest comment: from Derek BodnerIn terms of potential shot blocking bigs, he would be about 4th on my list....
|After months of hard work, the Sixers have finally moved out of the #9 spot in the lottery. Above is Chad Ford's latest mock draft.|
|We've had a nice back-and-forth in the comments over the past month or so regarding the "blow it up" option. The logic goes that the Sixers are stuck in a vicious cycle as long as they're drafting in the teens and they'll never truly turn the corner until they become bad enough to get to the top of the draft. I've consistently fallen on the other side of the argument, for several reasons. One of those reasons is simply that we've been there before, I lived through it, and it wasn't pretty.|
Latest comment: from BrianYeah, my question was if you think we should blow it up, then why draft for a need?...
|All the teams have played a game or two in the preseason. This seems like as good a time as any to see how the first-round draft picks are performing at the pro level. We'll take a look at the available stats after the jump.|
|The six guys scheduled to come in for pre-draft workouts on Sunday after the jump.|