By Tommy Matthews
The NBA draft is tonight, and no matter what the Sixers do with the 23rd pick — use it, trade it in a package to snap up an experienced NBA player — it is clear where they have to be Friday morning:
Deeper and with a player who can shoot!
The Sixers have tried a lot of different supporting casts around Joel Embiid.
The latest included James Harden, acquired in a trade deadline deal for Ben Simmons.
New co-star, same result, as the Sixers lost (again) in the conference semifinals, with their point guard (Harden) lacking offensive aggression in the deciding game.
Philly was held under a point per possession in three of their four losses to the Miami Heat and, no matter what happens with Harden’s contract situation, a couple of clear needs – depth and shooting – need to be addressed.