Joel Embiid: Sixers 'Gearing Up' To Beat LeBron James, Cavaliers


During Colangelo's 21-minute media availability Wednesday, one day after the Sixers learned at Tuesday night's NBA Draft Lottery that they have the No. 3 pick, he said he thinks the Sixers might be able to have their cake and eat it, too. "We're in a situation where with the knowns with our roster and with our team, it probably affords you more of an opportunity to talk about fit".

The Sixers have gotten a top-three pick in the past four drafts.

For the record, the Sixers' best second-round picks of all-time are Maurice Cheeks (36th overall in 1978), Clint Richardson (36th overall in 1979), World B. Free (23rd overall in 1975) and George McGinnis (22nd overall in 1973).

Staying at No. 3, trading down or up, or dealing for a veteran all are on the table for Colangelo.

"We're gearing up at the right time".

"I think Josh Jackson is that two-way player, probably the best perimeter defender in the draft, can guard multiple positions", he said.

With the top two players off the board, Philly should still address their need at point guard.

The Sixers also plan to play in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas later in July.

And not only does Joel Embiid believe that team will be the Philadelphia 76ers, but he also says it'll happen next season.

After the NBA Draft Lottery, Philadelphia 76ers General Manager Bryan Colangelo summed it up with, "That's the way the balls bounce".

With Lonzo Ball projected by many mock drafts to be the top player on the board, the Sixers at No. 1 will have their choice between the draft's top prizes and will likely lean toward Fultz - the all-around scoring and distributing 6-foot-4 point guard - who can be the flawless compliment to Philly's current crop of bigger players like Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid. "We're not far away, and we like our direction, and we like the evolution of this team, and how we project out", Colangelo said.