Yesterday we looked at what the Phillies would look like if they could only sign local players. It was not pretty. They had a few superstars, but most of the team got filled out by guys who were either known for not being good or not known at all. The problem was Philly isn’t exactly the best place to be a young baseball player. In Florida or California, you can play baseball all year long. But here, Baseball is mostly just a Spring and Summer sport. Basketball is different though. Philly and South Jersey know Basketball. So would a Sixers team built out of local guys end up looking better than the Phillies?
Philadelphia, and the surrounding area, have been home to some NBA legends. Kobe Bryant, Wilt Chamberlain, Earl Monroe, Rip Hamilton, Rasheed Wallace. Philly could build an All-Time lineup that could rival most cities. But we are not talking about All-Time rosters here. We are seeing what the current Sixers team would look like, and none of those guys are still playing today.
Can they still put together a good roster of local guys though? Are the active players hailing from East PA, South NJ, and Delaware enough to make the Sixers a competitive team? Or will we be grateful Free Agency and the Draft exist and we can have guys from Cameroon, Texas, and New York on the roster? I can at least say it turned out better than the Phillies did.
We put together the best Sixers team we could from the pool of players who grew up in the local area. Like with the Phillies roster, the criteria to qualify is just that you are closer to Philly than any other NBA City.