Turner has the most to play for this season. He is in the final year of his rookie contract and has never lived up to his No. 2 overall pick billing. Statistically, Turner's numbers have improved every season and should go even higher this year. Turner will have the ball in his hands quite a bit as he's the best creator on the team.
Young is out of position at the power forward spot, but battled all last season. He defends the opposition's best forward every night, grabbed 7.5 rpg last season and scored almost 15.0 ppg. He is a warrior and the only veteran who probably figures into the team's future. (Young is one of a handful of Sixers under contract past this season and the only one the team might want to keep.)
Hawes shows flashes and is a free agent at the end of the campaign. He has a skill set, but is not part of the long-term future.
BACKCOURT: Carter-Williams is already a skilled distributor, but a terrible shooter. He has a lot to learn about the point-guard spot. Luckily, Carter- Williams has 82 games for that to happen.
Wroten is probably the other starter in the backcourt by process of elimination. Jason Richardson might miss the whole season with knee issues and Philly probably doesn't mind. The Memphis Grizzlies gave up on the 20-year-old Wroten, who is an out of control point guard. Wroten can penetrate, but not shoot and often goes for sizzle over steak.
The possibility exists Brown moves Turner to the backcourt, Young to small forward and either Allen, or Moultrie starts at power forward.
BENCH: This group is incredibly thin. The backcourt has one reserve, tops. The frontcourt backups are underachievers or youngsters. Most of the players brought in to fill these roster spots are here for either cap purposes, or as low-risk fliers.
COACHING: Brown worked under the future Hall of Famer Popovich for almost a decade. He appears to be a basketball lifer and shrewd to boot. Brown only took the Sixers job when he was guaranteed a fourth year on his contract.
Brown's forte is in player development. He helped make Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili future Hall of Famers and assisted in the progression of recent talents, Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green.
One thing Brown has no experience with is rebuilding projects.
"I have not been a part of a rebuild since I was in the NBA," admitted Brown. "The rebuild has to be keeping the locker room together."
This upcoming season will be brutal on Brown. He will have gone from the NBA Finals to the worst record in the league. There might be times questioning his sanity, but Brown definitely appeared to be prepared for the grind.
OUTLOOK: "It's fairly obvious what we're trying to do over time," Hinkie said. "We're trying to build something. We're trying to build something special."
The plan is in place and it's a solid idea. In the NBA, teams need to get really bad before they can get really good. Look at the Oklahoma City Thunder for further proof.
Normally, one should be hesitant about a plan that revolves around some luck. Wiggins is the big prize at the end of this trying season. Having the worst record, which the Sixers should have, is no guarantee for the No. 1 overall pick and Wiggins.
But, Hinkie is going down this road. With Holiday still around, the Sixers would be markedly better this season, but never a title contender. They'd always finish with a decent enough record and in the middle of the pack. That's not how you get difference makers in the draft.
Despite a season of less than 20 wins looming on the horizon, there is actual optimism in Philadelphia.
"Can you imagine if we can get this thing right? If we can get this right with the culture and the history that this city has and the pride and the toughness that this city has, that is very alluring," said Brown.