Draft just first step in rebuilding Sixers

Coach Brett Brown expects the 76ers project to take three to five seasons. "I don't know . . .," general manager Sam Hinkie said. "We've got a ways to go. It's clear."
Coach Brett Brown expects the 76ers project to take three to five seasons. "I don't know . . .," general manager Sam Hinkie said. "We've got a ways to go. It's clear." (Getty Images)
Posted: May 24, 2014

Coach Brett Brown apparently hasn't discussed the 76ers' rebuilding time line with general manager Sam Hinkie.

Brown has said several times that the process will take three to five seasons.

"I wish Brett would tell me something he knows sometimes, because I don't know," Hinkie said with a smile after Tuesday's NBA draft lottery in New York. "I think we've got a ways to go. It's clear."

There's a lot of interest surrounding the Sixers since they were awarded the third and 10th overall picks at the lottery.

They also have five second-round picks - Nos. 32, 39, 47, 52, and 54 - in the June 26 draft.

But as former Sixer and Hall of Famer Julius Erving said Tuesday, the Sixers need "a lot of things" to get back to contending for an NBA title. And compiling those things might take longer than three seasons.

So, the coming draft is probably nothing more than a positive step in what is expected to be a long rebuilding process.

"The NBA goes in cycles sometimes, and a lot of teams that were really good when we were last really, really, really good in the early '80s, we're onstage [at the lottery] with them," Hinkie said of the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers. "It takes a while to build it back up."

Though it was part of the Sixers' rebuilding plan, this past season was dismal. At 19-63, they finished with the second-worst record in the league.

There was a 13-game road losing streak that included back-to-back road losses to the Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State Warriors by a combined 88 points. And there was the 26-game losing streak that matched the record for consecutive losses by a U.S. pro sports team.

Through it all, there were a total of 28 players on the roster. Six were on 10-day contracts. Two others - Danny Granger and Earl Clark - never even came close to being in a practice setting.

"We'll do the best we can do," Hinkie said of the rebuilding process. "How that goes, some of that hinges on [the draft]. A lot of that hinges on the next few seasons as we start to figure out exactly what we have."

MCW honored

Michael Carter-Williams was named to the NBA all-rookie first team on Thursday.

The Sixers point guard, who was named rookie of the year last month, was the only unanimous first-team selection. Orlando Magic guard Victor Oladipo, Utah Jazz guard Trey Burke, Brooklyn Nets center Mason Plumlee, and New York Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. joined Carter-Williams on the first team.

Carter-Williams received 125 first-team votes from a panel of 125 sportswriters and broadcasters from the United States and Canada.


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