The Sixers are slowly moving up the Future Power Rankings, landing at No. 17 overall. Philly ranks first in the money and draft categories, thanks to a very inexpensive roster and the potential for as many as six lottery picks in the next two years.
The talent on the roster is improving — Nerlens Noel (above) finished his rookie season strongly and Jahlil Okafor is a rookie of the year candidate.
Brett Brown has proved to be a good coach who gets players to compete despite having no shot at the playoffs. More unproven is whether GM Sam Hinkie can use his unorthodox methods to take a team from the basement to the penthouse.
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