By Art Beitchman
The 76ers hopefully put an end to perpetual draft lottery participation when they secured the 3rd overall pick in the 2017 NBA draft lottery on Tuesday night.
GM Bryan Colangelo has already received interest in trading the pick, which if they keep it they have some nice options.
Kentucky point guard De’Aaron Fox (above) will give the backcourt an instant upgrade in talent. Fox averaged 16.7 ppg for the Wildcats last season and would give the 76ers an explosive guard they haven’t had in years.
20-year-old Kansas small forward Josh Jackson would also give the team a talented wing player who scored 16.3 ppg, and averaged 7.4 rebounds. Jackson is very athletic with good size and highly explosive who covers ground seamlessly defensively.
They also have money to spend in free agency.
Kyle Lowry has been the talk of the town since he’s opting out of his Raptors contract a $12M. The Philly native wants to play in his hometown, but the 76ers won’t break the bank to sign him.
J.J. Redick is also available — he’s been linked to the 76ers as a possible landing spot, and he will cost the team about $20M per season.
Serge Ibaka is also testing the market, the 76ers have an affinity for stretch 4 forwards who can run the floor and score. Having a successful off-season is very doable for a team itching to make the NBA playoffs again, with a couple smart moves they can make the 2017-18 season a winning one for the first time since the 2004-05 when they were 43-39.