By Peter Gleason

With all the sound and fury about the Sixers since Josh Harris bought the team and hired general manager Sam Hinkie in 2013 to resurrect the team from the disaster Ed Snider had wrought, it is sometimes hard to see:

What the present is and what the future really holds for our NBA team!

Not what radio blowhards say β€” can anyone please tell me where WIP got Josh Innes? β€” but the real deal.

Here you go:

Areas of Strength
Young talent, assets. With Nerlens Noel and Joel Embiid (above), the Sixers have a young frontline that will have them in the top 10 defensively sooner rather than later. They also have forward Dario Saric (last year’s No. 12 pick) likely coming over in 2016 and a bevy of picks and cap space to make moves with.

Needs Work

Offense. The Sixers scored 10 fewer points per 100 possessions than the league average, the worst differential of the last 12 years. They turned the ball over more than any other team and shot worse than every team but the Charlotte Hornets. They were the worst shooting team in the paint and from mid-range, and ranked 29th in 3-point percentage.

Two Stats That Matter
17.9 — The Sixers committed 17.9 turnovers per 100 possessions, the highest rate for any team in the last eight seasons.

100.4 — When Nerlens Noel was on the floor, the Sixers’ defense allowed just 100.4 points per 100 possession, a rate which would rank sixth in the league.

The Way To Go

NBA.com’s Draft expert, Scott Howard-Cooper, offers up his suggestions:
Picking third puts the 76ers in ideal position to add a point guard, either D’Angelo Russell or Emannuel Mudiay. Things get very interesting if the Lakers, at No. 2, grab one of them first and leave a big man, likely Jahlil Okafor, for Philly with Nerlens Noel and Joel Embiid already on board. But a Russell-Mudiay decision is a good outcome.

2014-15 Team Stats (points per 100 possessions, with NBA rank)

Offensive: 93.0 (30th)
Defensive: 102.1 (13th)

Under Contract

G: Isaiah Canaan
G: Tony Wroten
G/F: JaKarr Sampson
G/F: Hollis Thompson
F: Robert Covington
F: Jerami Grant
F/C: Furkan Aldemir
C/F: Nerlens Noel
C: Joel Embiid

Free Agents

G: Jason Richardson (unrestricted)
G: Ish Smith (unrestricted)
G/F: Glenn Robinson (restricted)
F: Luc Mbah a Moute (unrestricted)
F: Thomas Robinson (unrestricted)
C: Henry Sims (restricted)

Recent Draft History

2014: Joel Embiid (3), Elfrid Payton (10) traded to Orlando, K.J. McDaniels (32), Jerami Grant (39), Russ Smith (47), Vasilije Micic (52), Nemanja Dangubic (54)
2013: Michael Carter-Williams (11), Glen Rice Jr. (35), Pierre Jackson (42)
2012: Maurice Harkless (15), Justin Hamilton (45), Tornike Shengelia (54)
2011: Nikola Vucevic (16), Lavoy Allen (50)
2010: Evan Turner (2)

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