NBA Draft pick #11 - Philadelphia 76ers

Philadelphia takes Michael Carter-Williams at No. 11

6/27/13 in NBA   |   droth   |   127 respect

After trading Jrue Holiday and a pick in next year's draft for Nerlens Noel, the Philadelphia 76ers have selected Michael Carter-Williams out of Syracuse with the 11th pick in the 2013 NBA Draft.

Apr 6, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Syracuse Orange guard Michael Carter-Williams (1) brings the ball upcourt  as Michigan Wolverines forward Glenn Robinson III (1) defends in the second half of the semifinals during the 2013 NCAA mens Final Four at the Georgia Dome.  Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY SportsA year after winning a playoff series, the 2012-13 76ers went 34-48 and finished last in the NBA in points scored per game.  Their defense was solid, giving up just 96.5 points per contest, but the lack of scoring really did Doug Collins and his 76ers in.  Collins has since resigned and the 76ers fans and front office people must be wondering where the scoring is going to come from next year.

The Sixers have talented wing players in Evan Turner and Thaddeus Young, but the team still has holes in some traditional roles.  Holiday has developed into a nice player, but the team still lacks a traditional point guard, capable floor spacers, and, with Andrew Bynum entering free agency, they could be faced with the loss of their only post presence.  

The addition of Carter-Williams seems to fill the void left by the departure of Holiday.  Carter-Williams is a tall point guard that can see the floor, but he will have to overcome the reputation that Syracuse players have of being products of the system.

Philadelphia has had a wild day so far and the team will likely look a lot different next year under first year GM Sam Hinkie.
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