The Philadelphia 76ers hold the 15th pick in the 2012 NBA Draft. Typically, that draft spot doesn't yield an immediate superstar. With that in mind, the 76ers need to think about a long term player that can really help them for years down the road. Some experts suggest that the team could draft Kentucky star Terrence Jones with that pick. Jones would certainly address a need, but the 76ers have more than one. Before they figure out who to draft, the team needs to figure out which areas need to be addressed the most. Obviously, trades and free agency will impact needs during the offseason. But for now, here are three areas of concern for the 76ers.
There is a strong chance that the 76ers will use the amnesty clause on Elton Brand. Even if they don't, the 2012-13 season would be the last for him in Philadelphia. Either way, the 76ers are going to need to add a power forward. Jones is a candidate for that but his size suggests that he is better suited to play small forward down the road. Philadelphia was clearly missing steadiness at the position throughout the season. If there isn't an enticing free agent out there, adding a power forward in the draft might be the way to go.
A solid shooter
The offense was inconsistent for the 76ers throughout the season. The playoffs proved that this team lacks a guy that can deliver a big shot, especially from beyond the arc. The 76ers ranked near the bottom of the NBA in three point attempts and conversions. That needs to be better next season and beyond. A player like Doron Lamb of Kentucky could help the 76ers with some offense immediately. He might be worth taking a flyer on at number 15.
A true center
Spencer Hawes is not the answer at center. Though he started the season strong, injury concerns will always be there. The 76ers might decide to let Hawes walk during the offseason. At best, the team will give him a one year deal. The 76ers needs to find a permanent solution for a position that has long been an area of concern. A player like Fab Melo from Syracuse would be perfect. He has the size and talent to make an immediate impact. Best of all, he should be available when the 76ers make their pick.
Mark Paul is a Philadelphia resident and lifelong 76ers fan.