Sixers Mailbag #21: Can You Keep all the Big Men?

Whether or not Nerlens Noel and Jahlil Okafor can succeed playing together is a key question for the Sixers this season | Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Will Jahlil Okafor and Nerlens Noel both be on the roster next year? | Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

This week we continue our 76ers mailbag series, where we discuss some of the pressing topics around the team.

In the 21st edition of our Sixers mailbag we discuss how the potential drafting of Ben Simmons impacts the Sixers’ later picks, how Simmons would fit with Joel Embiid, and whether or not the Sixers really need to alleviate their crowded front court.

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P.J. Carlesimo to Join Sixers’ Coaching Staff?

According to a report from David Aldridge of NBA.com, the Sixers will hire P.J. Carlesimo as associate head coach | Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

According to a report from David Aldridge of NBA.com, the Sixers will hire P.J. Carlesimo as associate head coach | Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

According to David Aldridge of NBA.com, the Philadelphia 76ers will add P.J. Carlesimo to Brett Brown‘s coaching staff. Carlesimo will replace Mike D’Antoni as associate head coach.

A spot on head coach Brett Brown’s staff opened up when the Houston Rockets hired Mike D’Antoni to be their next head coach. D’Antoni was added to Brown’s staff in December.

The hiring may not yet be official, however. According to a source with knowledge of the situation, head coach Brett Brown is still evaluating candidates and does not have a timetable on when that decision will be reached.

Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer initially reported that Carlesimo was a possibility.

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It’s Obvious: The Sixers Should Take Ben Simmons With Their No. 1 Pick

The Sixers would likely decide between Ben Simmons (pictured) or Brandon Ingram if they win May 17th's lottery | Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Ben Simmons | Photo by Randy Sartin/USA TODAY Sports

Judging by call volume, the Philadelphia 76ers are the second-most popular sports team in Philadelphia.

People have been gaga over the last three weeks with Sixers talk on a couple fronts: one, who do the Sixers take with the first pick in the NBA Draft: Ben Simmons or Brandon Ingram? And two, would you trade Jahlil Okafor to the Boston Celtics for the third pick in the draft?

It’s funny that there’s so much interest in a franchise that has been dead for so long. But hope is a beautiful thing. By stockpiling young talent, the Sixers have become a favorite of sorts to become Philadelphia’s next championship team. I’m on record saying the year 2020 will yield the fruit of four major sports franchises being contenders. There are a lot of folks who think the Sixers might beat that deadline. Read more »

76ers Musings: Draft Best Player Available

Should the Sixers draft Brandon Ingram because of their need for perimeter shooting? | Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Should the Sixers draft Brandon Ingram because of their need for perimeter shooting? | Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

With so much going on in the world of the Sixers, I’ve decided to start a weekly column focusing on quick-hitting thoughts on a handful of topics relevant to the team.

We’ll call it Monday Morning Sixers Musings, volume 1.

Draft the best player available

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Sixers Future Comes Back Into Focus After Lottery Luck

Adding Ben Simmons would bring some level of certainty to the Sixers rebuild | Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Adding Ben Simmons would bring some level of certainty to the Sixers rebuild | Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Much of the debate — that never-ending debate — over the merits of the Sixers rebuild has centered around the uncertainty of it.

Three years in and the 76ers had little certainty over how their future would look, over who would lead them, over which prospect made all this losing worthwhile. Uncertainty which, to many, represented a lack of progress. A lack of progress which represented failure.

That’s the trap of measuring the progress of a rebuild in a snapshot of time.

The thing about the Sixers rebuild is it always had the chance to turn on a dime. That one stroke of luck — luck that is required for any plan, of any team, trying to go from bad to great to be successful — and the view of the rebuild, of the entire future of the franchise, would look entirely different.

That stroke of luck finally arrived on Tuesday night.

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Sixers To Work Out Taurean Prince, Jaron Blossomgame, Among Others

The Sixers are scheduled to work out St. Joseph's forward Isaiah Miles tomorrow at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine | James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

The Sixers are scheduled to work out St. Joseph’s forward Isaiah Miles tomorrow at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine | James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

The Sixers announced that they will work out an additional six players tomorrow at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, a group which includes St. Joseph’s forward Isaiah Miles.

The full list is as follows:

Taurean Prince (Baylor)
Fred VanVleet (Wichita State)
Maodo Lo (Columbia)
Isaiah Miles (St. Joseph’s)
Winston Shepard (San Diego State)
Jaron Blossomgame (Clemson)

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Jahlil Okafor Voted to NBA’s All-Rookie First Team

Jahlil Okafor (25 points) and Ish Smith (16) were instrumental in the Sixers 114-89 win over the Portland Trailblazers | Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Sixers center Jahlil Okafor has been voted to the NBA’s All-Rookie First Team | Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Sixers center Jahlil Okafor has been nominated to the NBA’s All-Rookie First Team, the NBA announced today.

Okafor joins Minnesota’s Karl-Anthony Towns, New York’s Kristaps Porzingis, Phoenix’s Devin Booker, and Denver’s Nikola Jokic on the first team. Justise Winslow, D’Angelo Russell, Emmanuel Mudiay, Myles Turner, and Willie Cauley-Stein made up the second team.

Okafor’s 71 first team votes were the 5th highest among rookies, behind Towns (130), Porzingis (130), Booker (103), and Jokic (73). Okafor also received 44 second place votes, meaning he was on 117 out of a possible 130 ballots.

Sixers point guard T.J. McConnell also received 7 total votes, including two first team votes.

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Lottery Fallout: Sixers Will Receive Sacramento’s Unprotected Draft Pick in 2019

Vlade Divac, vice president of basketball operations and general manager of the Sacramento Kings | Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Vlade Divac, vice president of basketball operations and general manager of the Sacramento Kings | Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Last summer, the Philadelphia 76ers made a trade with the Sacramento Kings where they received Nik Stauskas, Carl Landry, Jason Thompson, the right to swap picks with the Kings (at the Sixers’ discretion) in both 2016 and 2017, as well as a future first round pick.

All the Sixers gave up in this deal were the 47th and 60th picks in the 2015 draft, as well as a little bit of short-term salary cap flexibility.

After the results of Tuesday night’s lottery, that future draft pick the Kings owe the Sixers just became a little bit more valuable.

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Sixers Get The 1st Pick In 2016 NBA Draft

NBA deputy commissioner Mark Tatum, left, poses for a photo with Philadelphia 76ers head coach Brett Brown during the NBA basketball draft lottery, Tuesday, May 17, 2016, in New York. The 76ers won the top pick in this year's draft.

NBA deputy commissioner Mark Tatum, left, poses for a photo with Philadelphia 76ers head coach Brett Brown during the NBA basketball draft lottery, Tuesday, May 17, 2016, in New York. The 76ers won the top pick in this year’s draft.

It seems that the Philadelphia 76ers may have finally gotten the stroke of luck that this rebuild has needed.

After the lottery balls finally fell their way, the Sixers will hold the first pick in June 23rd’s NBA draft. The Sixers drafted 3rd in each of the previous two drafts under former general manager Sam Hinkie.

The Sixers, by virtue of holding the worst record in the league, as well as the right to swap picks with the Sacramento Kings, came into the day with a 26.9 percent chance at the top overall pick and a virtual coin flip – 49.5 percent chance – of landing a top-2 pick.

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