Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Sixers draft preview

The Sixers are mired in the NBA purgatory that is mediocrity.

For the second straight season, Philadelphia played tough in the first round of the postseason until the opposition figured out it couldn't shoot the three or defend it.

General manager Ed Stefanski cured one of those ills by trading for Toronto sharp-shooter Jason Kapono but still needs to get his new coach, Eddie Jordan, some solid perimeter defenders.

It also looks like Stefanski is fed up with underachieving center Samuel Dalembert and will look to move him. Meanwhile, veteran point guard Andre Miller is a west coast guy and would like to move on.

Jason Smith will be returning from an ACL injury next season so that gives Stefanski a competent body in the middle to replace Dalembert. Replacing Miller is a much tougher task and the Sixers hope North Carolina point guard Ty Lawson or VCU's Eric Maynor is available with the 17th overall pick.

Key Players under contract: F Elton Brand; C Samuel Dalembert; F Jason Kapono; G Willie Green; G/F Andre Iguodala; F Jason Smith; F/C Marreese Speights; G Louis Williams; F Thaddeus Young

Draft picks: 1st round (17th overall).

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