Why Shai Gilgeous-Alexander should be on the Sixers’ radar
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By Christopher Kline

The Philadelphia 76ers’ best option in the 2018 NBA Draft might not be one of the Bridges.

After 45 minutes of waiting, the 2018 NBA Draft Lottery yielded the expected outcome for the Philadelphia 76ers. They’ll head into June with the 10th overall pick, giving them a handful of intriguing options toward the back end of the lottery.

Several projections have the Sixers selecting either Mikal Bridges or Miles Bridges, who rank ninth and 13th respectively on our most recent big board. The Sixers’ lack of defensive depth on the perimeter was exposed in the playoffs and both of them would help solve those issues to some degree.

Still, the Sixers can’t prioritize straight-up wing depth without taking into account their foremost offensive weakness: halfcourt playmaking. Ben Simmons’ lack of a jumper and Joel Embiid’s inefficiency in the post killed the Sixers for most of the Celtics series.

Philly wasn’t able to pull out a win until T.J. McConnell was inserted into the starting rotation. His dribble penetration added another dynamic to the Sixers’ offense — a dynamic they would be wise to build on through the...

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