The Philadelphia 76ers stand on the cusp of the sort of history no one wants to be a part of, one loss shy of tying the all-time record for consecutive defeats. The most damning part of this futility is it hasn't come accidentally, due to mismanagement or crippling injury or awful chemistry; rather, the Sixers' malaise was created in a laboratory, a test tube baby of fruitlessness, the result of management shrewdly gaming a system that rewards abject failure with the most favorable odds at choice draft picks in June. They're doing this on a shoestring budget, with a payroll that for much of the season was below the league salary floor of $52.8 million, by fielding a roster of mostly NBA hopefuls (the caliber of talent that would be hopeful for 10-day contracts normally).

Despite cap flexibility and a well-stocked pick inventory, all indications are that Philly doesn't plan on aggressively seeking roster improvement via trade or free agency, instead opting for a more organic growth plan built on adding more talent in the draft and developing existing personnel. Still, there needs to be an infrastructure in place to create the proper environment for that growth. Here's a look at what they can do.