The Sixers are in a strong position to add key pieces to their rebuilding roster with the Nos. 3 and 10 picks in the first round of next week's NBA draft.
The team's front office is doing all of its homework on which players to take with the club's seven total picks, particularly now that center Joel Embiid's injury has likely changed things at the very top of the draft.
Players currently on the roster are also interested in which new faces will be joining the fold, but first and foremost the attention is on taking care of their own craft. That's especially the case for Nerlens Noel, the No. 6 pick a season ago, who is sharpening his game to finally take the court as a Sixer when the team opens up summer league action next month.
“When I step back on that court it's really going to be something special,” Noel said at a youth basketball camp in Lexington, Kentucky.
Walter Cornett, of Glendale, Kentucky, is the owner and operator of Walter's Wildcat World. He founded WildcatWorld.com in 1998 making it one of the oldest Kentucky basketball fan sites in operation today.
On This Day In UK Basketball History
- On February 21, 1970, No. 2 Kentucky defeated LSU, 121-105. Dan Issel scored 51 points, Mike Pratt 27 and Tom Parker 18 as UK outgunned LSU star “Pistol Pete” Maravich’s 64-point performance before 9,000 fans in the John Parker Memorial Coliseum. This was the ultimate shootout between all-time SEC greats Maravich and Issel.