The Philadelphia 76ers enter the 2022 NBA Draft with one draft pick and a ton of needs. Joel Embiid, James Harden and company disappointed in the second round of the playoffs. Now, Daryl Morey has some work to do with his roster. It starts with making the most of the 23rd overall pick.

Philadelphia only has the 23rd pick in this year’s draft because the Brooklyn Nets deferred the pick that the Sixers owe them. The James Harden trade gave Brooklyn control over the last of their tradable first-round picks. Their future draft capital doesn’t resemble what it was during the process years, so they have to make the most of their pick in this year’s draft.

It will be very tough for the Sixers to address all the needs they have in the draft. However, addressing just one would make the rest of their offseason so much easier. They don’t have much room to work with, though they could also use their pick in a trade. If they use it to draft someone, here is what they should look for.

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Sixers’ 3 biggest needs entering 2022 NBA Draft

3. Frontcourt depth

Thanks to Paul Reed’s emergence, the Sixers aren’t totally screwed on the depth chart behind Embiid as they have been in years past. Still, they could use some more size behind their superstar, who admitted such himself. BBall Paul is not the tallest big man but does have enough mobility and skills with the ball to play next to a more traditional center.

Walker Kessler could be an ideal center behind Embiid. His outstanding defense near the rim would pair well with Reed’s versatility. The Auburn product is 7-foot-1 with a 7-foot-4 wingspan and a knack for swatting shots. France’s Ismael Kamagate isn’t much bigger than Reed, having only two inches and around 10 pounds, but could make a great 1-2 punch of nimble, lengthy bigs who can battle inside and provide vertical spacing on offense.

Embiid mentioned after losing to the Miami Heat in the playoffs that the Sixers could use someone like P.J. Tucker because of his intensity and versatility. They could look for someone who can play the four spot next to Reed and keep using him as a true center. In that case, they could look into EJ Liddell from Ohio State.

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2. A strong perimeter defender

The Sixers still have Matisse Thybulle, who made his second All-Defensive Team, and have a promising defender on the roster in Jaden Springer, their 2021 first-round selection. Still, they don’t have to hold off on drafting another defensive specialist. It was one of the key reasons for their downfall against the Heat and Thybulle’s lack of offensive production diminishes his value in the postseason.

It can never hurt to have another strong wing defender, especially with Danny Green’s 2022-23 season ending before it even started. MarJon Beauchamp and Wendell Moore could be strong options. Both players are tremendous athletes who battle on defense. If all goes right, they could be multi-positional defenders.

Green’s injury leaves the Sixers with a need for wing depth. Thybulle is the most likely candidate to step in but unless his offensive game comes around, he won’t be productive enough as a starter. Moore shot 41.3 percent from deep last season and has some impressive passing chops while Beauchamp is relentless in attacking the cup. They may not reach Thybulle’s level on defense but have the potential to be much more well-rounded than he is.

1. A reliable scorer 

If Harden’s days as a high-volume scorer are over — and it’s hard to suggest that they aren’t — the Sixers have to find someone else that can score. Tyrese Maxey should be able to hold it down as a second scorer but Philly may need someone to be their fourth guy in the pecking order. It’ll be hard to find someone that good at pick 23, but Philadelphia should at least be able to find a reliable threat to use off the bench.

If Philadelphia wants a scoring presence in the backcourt, they could look toward Jaden Hardy, Bryce McGowens, Malaki Branham or Ochai Agbaji. If they want someone with the highest ceiling regardless of position, they could look into 6-foot-10 forward Patrick Baldwin Jr. Especially with Harden leaning more into playmaking, the Sixers would be wise to find someone with a nose for the basket.

Embiid may suggest it’s the Heat who need another star, but it’s really the Sixers who do. Finding one so deep in the NBA Draft will be challenging. So long as they can find someone who can contribute on the court soon, they will succeed in this year’s draft.