Big men in abundance for NBA Draft

The Philadelphia Inquirer


PHILADELPHIA – If the rebuilding starts in earnest now, the 76ers are lucky in one respect. This is a good year to be a bad basketball team.

With every loss this season, the Sixers’ fortunes may improve dramatically in the short term. For they have the good fortune to stink in a year where stinking could pay off, in a franchise-altering kind of way.

Next year’s draft could be one of the best ever. With premier freshmen who had to go to college for one year under the NBA’s new collective bargaining agreement before becoming draft-eligible, combined with an unusually high number of talented sophomores and juniors who didn’t leave school early, personnel types are salivating over the prospective talent in the 2007 draft.

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