The Process Era Heads into Uncharted Waters

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – The Philadelphia 76ers stole the headlines across the nation this weekend with the acquisition of the top selection in the upcoming NBA draft from the Boston Celtics.

The Sixers made a deal that would allow them to draft the consensus number one player in the draft by the name of Markelle Fultz out of the University of Washington. This was a no-brainer for Philadelphia, considering that they needed a guard who could play alongside primary ball handler Ben Simmons. 

Fultz is only a 19-year-old kid, who put up monster numbers for the Huskies in his freshman campaign. He posted an average of 23.2 points, 5.9 assists and 5.7 rebounds last season. The top selection is a threat from anywhere on the floor, but primarily from behind the arc. He shot 47.6 percent and 41.3 percent from three-point range. 

The Deal

Philadelphia receives Boston’s No. 1 pick in the 2017 NBA draft. 

Boston is provided Philadelphia No. 3 selection in the 2017 NBA draft as a swap. Additionally, they have the rights to the 2018 Lakers first rounder or the 2019 Kings pick (protections). 

Incase you needed clarification on the exact details of the deal:

Philadelphia’s Perspective

Adding Fultz makes Philadelphia basketball relevant again in this town. It has been way to long! He adds much needed firepower to a position that desperately needed to be addressed. This move puts this team on the map with Simmons running the show. Fultz does not have to be the face of the franchise either, unlike Lonzo Ball. 

Staying at three in this draft meant taking another wing in Josh Jackson who struggles shooting the basketball. Jackson might be the best player down the line, but he does not help the Sixers’ backcourt problem.

Ball could be a pain with his father and will most likely be joining the Lakers. If he falls, it won’t last long with Phoenix chomping at the bit on draft night. The Sixers did do their homework with both De’Aaron Fox and Malik Monk with evaluations in private workouts. Fox has speed to excel, while Monk can flat-out shoot the lights out.

Fultz at the end of the day was a perfect match for both sides. He was worth going up two spots in the long-run. The idea of a playoff run is a strong possibility. 

Boston’s Perspective

GM Danny Ainge better be right after dealing the top selection in the draft. He believes his backcourt is set with Isiah Thomas and company. That leaves Boston with Jackson in the draft, who most believe will go third after Ball. 

This squad appeared to be the only team to compete with the Cleveland Cavaliers last season, so adding another wing to guard Lebron James does not hurt. With that being said, they think they can win now. 

That means adding a superstar to go alongside Thomas. Ainge has done his best Sam Hinkie impression by hoarding first round picks. His treasure chest of picks makes people believe they are in a prime position to add one of these three superstars: 

  1. Jimmy Butler – There have been reports of a three-team deal with Butler heading to Boston. This is a strong possibility as the Bulls can rebuild with the amount of assets that would be sent its way. Think about Marcus Smart, Jae Crowder, and the Philadelphia No. 3 (’17), as a start. 
  2. Paul George – On the market, already said he prefers to go to Los Angeles when he hits free agency next summer. Asking price already set for a “rental” would be one starter and a pair of first rounders (little steep.. but they do have the pieces to pull it off). 
  3. Anthony Davis – Highly unlikely, but Boston has enough ammo to make an offer that they can’t refuse. They could offer five first round picks: Philadelphia No. 3 (’17), Lakers/Kings from the trade, Nets (’18), Clippers (’19), and Memphis (’19). 

Overall 

This was a good deal on both ends. Boston can potentially scoop up a veteran superstar, while Philadelphia builds its core through the draft.

Therefore creating excitement in the air about Sixers’ basketball. Seems to only be happening in the off-season … hope that changes. A new “big three” can emerge this season with the likes of Embiid, Simmons, and potentially Fultz after the draft on Thursday night. 

Stay tuned, the fun is just getting started in Philadelphia! (Fingers crossed) 

 

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Should Okafor be Dealt for Russell?

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Is the process over? After the Philadelphia 76ers received the third selection in the upcoming NBA Draft, there appears to be a buzz around the city. 

This team has built through the draft with top selections dating back to Nerlens Noel in 2013. Despite the hype, the Sixers are now faced with a logjam at the center position with Joel Embiid, Richaun Holmes, and Jahlil Okafor.

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Okafor for Russell seems fair, right? 

Embiid is the face of franchise alongside Ben Simmons. Holmes won’t be going anywhere, providing energy and athleticism off the bench. The odd man out is Okafor. What to do? Make a phone call to the Lakers. See what they want for him. 

2017 NBA MOCK DRAFT

1. CELTICS: PG Markelle Fultz, Washington
2. LAKERS: PG Lonzo Ball, UCLA
3. SIXERS: SF Josh Jackson, Kansas

It appears that Lonzo Ball is LA bound, leaving D’Angelo Russell to either move to shooting guard or put him on the trading block, which they already did.

Josh Jackson landing in Philadelphia is beneficial for both parties. Jackson is a talent wing with all-star potential. Will improve his shot (he’s not Evan Turner) and be lockdown defender that matches up with opposing team’s point guards. 

Trade Scenarios – Russell provides shooting. Okafor adds low post scoring. 

Scenario 1:

  • Sixers Receive: D’Angelo Russell 
  • Lakers Receive: Jahlil Okafor, Lakers 2018 First Round Pick 

Scenario 2: 

  • Sixers Receive: D’Angelo Russell 
  • Lakers Receive: Jahlil Okafor, Kings 2019 First Round Pick 

Scenario 3: 

  • Sixers Receive: D’Angelo Russell, Salary Dump (Timofey Mozgov) 
  • Lakers Receive: Jahlil Okafor, Any type of First Round Pick 

 

Is Lonzo Ball Worth it?

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – The season is now complete and the Philadelphia 76ers have landed with the fourth worst record in the NBA. 

Now fans can turn their attention to the highly anticipated NBA Lottery. On the bright side,the Sixers have an opportunity to grab the Lakers’ selection if the team does not fall within the top three picks. Now the question is… Where will they pick and more importantly WHO? 

Part 1: Lonzo Ball

If Philadelphia is lucky enough to be in the top three, they should put serious thought into taking UCLA standout Lonzo Ball. Yes, his father can cause headaches. Yes, his father stirs up trouble. However, his father is not the one on the court. 

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Lonzo Ball to Philly? 

Ball in my opinion was the best play-maker in the NCAA this season with incredible court awareness. He sees plays before they happen and can attack the rim with his 6’6″ frame. He is drawing comparisons to Jason Kidd, which is currently high praise.

Imagine the combination of Ball and Simmons in the backcourt. The experiment with Simmons running the point would no longer exist, but think of mismatches that would be in their favor.

Strengths

  • Another face of the franchise type of player: A new big 3 with Ball, Simmons, & Embiid … and don’t forget about Dario Saric
  • Tremendous size playing the PG position for Brett Brown 
  • Winning the transition game with Ball and Simmons running in the open court
  • Provides open looks for teammates with passing ability 
  • Brings a winning attitude to a team looking to turn the page 
  • Instantly puts the squad into playoff contention in the Eastern Conference 

Weaknesses

  • There certainly would be questions about who could knock down perimeter shots
  • Can Ball be consistent from beyond the arc with that odd type of shot? Simmons still has to prove he can stretch the floor
  • Will he be happy playing in Philadelphia? Will his father cause trouble? 
  • Would he fit in with the players on the team right now? 

 

 

 

Sixers are Moving in the Right Direction

By: David DiPasqua, Jr.

The Philadelphia 76ers have hopefully turned a page after drafting Ben Simmons with the top selection in the NBA Draft. 

Despite only having 47 wins in the past three seasons, the city is filled with optimism as things are beginning to unfold. 

One of the Sixers’ prized assets in Joel Embiid has been cleared by doctors to officially play. However, they are being cautious and will not have him participating in summer league.

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Saric likely starts off as Philly’s 6th man 

Another pleasant surprise was Dario Saric’s announcement that he will joining Philadelphia this season. The former first round pick in 2014 provides another reliable scorer who can apparently shoot from the outside. 

Additionally, the team has Jahlil Okafor and Nerlens Noel as twin towers in the paint. There have been several rumors surrounding both players, especially on draft night.

Most likely one of these players will be dealt, but it MUST be for fair value. Otherwise, keep all the bigs and make it work. Think about it, someone will probably be injured or need extra rest (Embiid). Head coach Brent Brown should find a way to make it work. 

The more depth the better. Cut the players who don’t belong in the league. 

Projected Starting Lineup (As of Now)

  1. Jerryd Bayless
  2. Gerald Henderson
  3. Robert Covington 
  4. Ben Simmons 
  5. Jahlil Okafor 

Off the bench bigs: Nerlens Noel,  Joel Embiid, Dario Saric, Jerami Grant, & Richaun Holmes 

Off the bench guards: Sergio Rodriguez, Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot, Hollis Thompson, T.J. McConnell, & Nik Stauskas 

2017

Being patient will payoff, considering this team will not be able to sign a player like a Kevin Durant. However, this upcoming season will be huge for a variety of reasons. 

Philadelphia I say will be around 25-30 wins (Right now I’ll say 26), which is good enough to potentially use the Kings’ swap that they own to move up in the 2017 lottery. The Kings are completely dysfunctional, especially with DeMarcus Cousins on the roster for now. In my eyes, they are a lock for the lottery. 

Plus, you throw in the Lakers’ first rounder that hopefully does not fall into the top three again. Luke Walton is at the helm, but a quick fix in LA doesn’t look like it is going to happen.

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Draft Lonzo Ball in 2017 

They did improve with players like Brandon Ingram and some veteran free agents. However, they will be back in the lottery as well.

This potentially lands the Sixers with a pair of Top 5 or Top 10 picks in a pretty deep draft class.

Adding a pair of talented guards to go along with Simmons and company next year will certainly put this team back in the playoff hunt in the Eastern Conference. 

Here are a 5 names to keep an eye on (Highlight reels are in the link):  

FREE AGENCY

On the free agency front, the Sixers have been relatively quiet. There were rumors with Rajon Rondo and Harrison Barnes, but nothing materialized. Instead the team decided to save their money by signing three veteran guards. The patient approach is the right approach. 

First was Jerryd Bayless, who inked a 3 year, $27 million dollar contract. Bayless is a veteran at the age of 27, who has bounced around during his professional career. With the way contracts were being handed out, this was a good deal for Philadelphia. The team was in desperate need of a point guard who can shoot from the outside (36.5% career 3pt %). He’s not going to win you games, but good in terms of being a catch and shoot player when Simmons brings up the ball. Bayless can run the team for a year or two, until his replacement comes in. Overall, he’s an average player that fits a bunch of needs. 

Sergio Rodriguez is another veteran presence, who has spent time in Europe and the NBA. Signing a one year, $8 million dollar contract tells me that it is an experiment. If it doesn’t workout, then there is no harm in the matter. Rodriguez can stretch the floor, while also providing Brown with another option in the backcourt. 

Lastly is the Episcopal Academy product in Gerald Henderson. The hometown kid was brought in on a two year, $ 18 million dollar deal to play for the Sixers. The glaring weakness was the backcourt, so this makes sense. With the price being right, Henderson will help as another veteran presence who can score. 

Trade Scenarios for Okafor

By: David DiPasqua, Jr.

NEWTON SQUARE, PA. – The city of Philadelphia erupted when the Sixers landed the first overall pick in the upcoming 2016 NBA Draft. 

By the reaction, you would have thought they won the NBA Finals on May 17th. However, this fanbase will take anything positive at this rate. 

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Trade Okafor to Boston? 

Philadelphia (10-72) had the highest percentage to obtain the top pick and were fortunate to have the ping pong balls go their way in the lottery. 

A big thank you to Dikembe Mutumbo for letting everybody know a few hours early! 

Securing the top selection was the first order of business for Bryan Colangelo, who is the president of basketball operations and general manager for the Sixers. 

Now the focus is whether to select Ben Simmons (LSU) or Brandon Ingram (Duke). For me, Simmons is the top player in this draft class for a variety of reasons. 

Simmons was already a face of a team, in addition to being the primary focus of defenses. He also an NBA body at 6’10” and 225 pounds, whereas Ingram has to add weight by being a generous 190. The point forward will be able to run the fast break as well. People say he can’t shoot, but look at LeBron James. He seems to be perfectly fine in the league. 

Take the best player available in the draft and figure it out. Ingram is a talented player with an outside shot, but the primary player on Duke’s squad this season was Grayson Allen. Simmons I believe is more of an immediate impact, compared to Ingram who might take a few more years to develop. There are going to be several pros and cons for both players, but they will both go 1 and 2 in the draft. 

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Could possibly both Simmons & Ingram land in Philly? 

Now, after the first pick is where it gets interesting. Adding Simmons creates even more depth for a team that has stockpiled power forwards and centers. Most have Simmons playing the four or better known as power forward. Trade rumors have already spread like wildfire with Jahlil Okafor in the thick of it. 

Okafor was recently named to the 2015-16 NBA All-Rookie First Team, while also ranking second in points per game for rookies. The Duke product averaged 17.5 points, 7 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks per game. He has NBA All-Star written all over him, especially when it comes down to the center position. 

His footwork is absolutely tremendous for a 20-year-old that constantly dealt with double teams in the paint. Whenever he kicked the ball out, nobody on this roster could consistently knock down a perimeter shot. He’s still growing  into his body at 6’11” and 275 pounds. His shot will continue to develop farther out as well. 

The struggle is on the defensive end. Yes, he is not the best defender in the world. However, these are areas that can be taught. Not many players possess his ability to put the ball in the basket. I will gladly trade his offense for his lack of defense any day. 

The front-court now has Okafor, Simmons, Dario Šarić, Nerlens Noel, and Joel Embiid. It is not a given that Šarić is coming over this season. Second, Embiid has failed to prove that he can stay healthy or let alone get on the court. That leaves Okafor, Simmons, and Noel. 

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Could it really happen? Paul George to Philadelphia

Brett Brown needs to make it work. Imagine this type of rotation of bigs every single game. There would constantly be a pair of bigs on the court that could give the opposition problems. Simmons can run the floor like a guard with great size. Okafor is instant offense in the paint. Šarić apparently has an outside shot to make him a stretch-four. Noel protects the rim and grabs boards. Embiid, well he can do it all when healthy (hopefully).

Each player offers something unique to the team. Pounding the paint for easy buckets is how the Sixers would beat-up teams. Why not go big with every single team electing to play “small ball” in the NBA?  

The only way you trade Okafor is if the deal is an offer that you can’t refuse in my opinion. 

Scenario 1Rebuild, grab guards 

Boston: Jahlil Okafor & Swaps Picks (Receives No. 24 & 26)

Philadelphia: No. 3 (Kris Dunn) & Swaps Picks for No. 16 & 23

  • No. 16 (Malachi Richardson) & 23 (Tyler Ulis) 

Scenario 2Trade to win now 

Indiana:  Jahlil Okafor, 2017 1st Round pick, 2017 Lakers (Top 3 protected) 1st Round pick 

Philadelphia: Paul George

Scenario 3: Trade for the future, landing Simmons & Ingram 

Los Angeles: Jahlil Okafor

Philadelphia: No. 2 pick (Brandon Ingram) 

Step One is the Lottery for the Sixers

By: David DiPasqua, Jr.

Newtown Square, PA. – In preciously two weeks, the Philadelphia 76ers must rely on chance in order to secure the number one selection in the upcoming 2016 NBA Draft. 

On May 17th, the Sixers need to have the ping pong balls fall into place. This franchise has accepted losing by “trusting the process.” It is time for a desperate change. 

Philadelphia holds the highest percentage (25%) to obtain the first overall pick, after going 10-72 in their 2015-16 campaign. Whether that selection is Ben Simmons or Brandon Ingram, the top pick presents options.

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Simmons or Ingram? 

Simmons creates an even deeper logjam at the power forward and center positions. However, his athletic ability allows him to play point forward, allowing him to create opportunities for his teammates.

In this scenario, Nerlens Noel would most likely be dealt for a proven guard to enhance the backcourt and solidify Jahlil Okafor at center. Joel Embiid remains a mystery until he is able to step onto the court. Regardless, his health is a concern and cannot be trusted moving forward. 

Ingram on the other hand fits nicely as the small forward, while receiving comparisons to Kevin Durant. The projected top two pick is currently listed at 6-9 with a 7-3 wingspan, as he continues to grow into his body. Simmons has the most upside, but Ingram may fit better as this team needs a small forward. Additionally, the Duke product has an outside shot, whereas teams failed to see that from Simmons. By all means, gaining another prospect from coach Mike Krzyzewski’s program works for me. 

The most important pick on lottery night other than their own will be the Los Angeles Lakers. The Sixers receive their first round pick, only if it falls out of the top three. Right now, they are positioned behind the Sixers at number two. They need them to fall to four to grab the pick. This opportunity allows the Sixers to obtain the services of a true game changer at the guard position.

At number four, the players to keep in mind are Buddy Hield, Kris Dunn, or Jamal Murray. Each player provides a different element to the game. Hield is a prolific scorer, who is an instant threat from beyond the arc. Dunn is an athletic point guard with size at 6-4, while also having experience by playing three seasons at Providence. Murray is a combo guard with tremendous upside after averaging 20 points as a freshman at Kentucky. Most scenarios have at least two of the three available, if somehow the Sixers can snag the fourth overall selection. 

Lastly, the Sixers have number 24 and 26 from the Heat and Thunder. These spots are already set in stone, but are worth value considering that there are always players who fall in the draft. It is also a possibility that they could trade up to grab a proven collegiate player. Needing help at point guard, Tyler Ulis of Kentucky immediately comes to mind. Ulis can run the show, where he did the past two seasons on a team that probably got more coverage than the Sixers. Another player to keep an eye on is Michigan State’s Denzel Valentine. This franchise needs to start having a winning attitude. 

Signing Barnes is the #1 Priority

By: David DiPasqua, Jr.

Newtown Square, PA. – Trusting the process failed miserably in Philadelphia.

There is no way around that statement. The Sixers were the laughingstock of the NBA, while also being a punchline on the television show “The Simpsons.”

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Barnes is a must moving forward for Sixers 

Philadelphia elected to to trust Sam Hinkie’s approach for awhile, but their patience soon ran out after another dismal season. Bryan Colangelo now takes over a squad that stockpiled draft picks, acquired a trio of talented big men, and a stud from Europe (hopefully) coming over in Dario Šarić.

Colangelo is the new sheriff in town and I’m interested in seeing what he does with all the assets he was given. Barnes should be the top free agent on their list. 

 1) Harrison Barnes: Restricted FA

The first priority on their list should be to call Harrison Barnes’ agent and see what he desires. After that conversation, give him what he wants. Golden State is strapped financially with a bunch of contracts, while also looking to lockup Steph Curry to a long-term deal in the near future. Barnes has the potential to be an absolute star on the right team. If the Sixers offer the 24 year old a max contract, it would be up to the Warriors on whether they can make it happen. 

Barnes comes from a winning culture as a secondary option behind Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green. In Philadelphia, he would be the primary option behind Jahlil Okafor in the post. This season Barnes has contributed 11. 7 points per game, while also grabbing 5 rebounds (basketball reference). Is he okay being slated at the small forward slot as well? Moving the 6-8 Barnes to the shooting guard position creates mismatches that instantly help this squad out. Additionally, you may have the option of having an 18 year old kid in Brandon Ingram from Duke next to Barnes. I’m sure they will be plenty of North Carolina and Duke comments between the two, but this could be a winning formula. 

Part of that winning formula is the importance of depth. Golden State has about eleven players on that roster that contribute on a daily basis, making them difficult to play against. Everyone knows their role, whether being a rebounder, defender, or shooter. The Sixers have the ammunition to produce something similar. Šarić is arguably the best player to come over from Europe in awhile. People have labeled him as a stretch four with good size at 6-10. Say Ingram is the draft pick selected for the Sixers, then just look at the length they have on the floor (Barnes 6-8, Ingram 6-9, Šarić 6-10). By the way, Šarić is only 22 years old! Now, if the Sixers throw in a point guard who can shoot… this could be team to be afraid of. A name that instantly comes to mind in the draft is Tyler Ulis out of Kentucky. 

In 2016, the Sixers had $56 million dollars in salary cap space. Next year, their number jumps to $69 million. It is time to utilize some of that space for a player that can make a difference. Building through the draft only goes so far. Drawing free agents for Colangelo will be a challenge moving forward, but at least head coach Brent Brown will appreciate the effort. Stealing Barnes away from Golden State will be difficult, but not impossible. 

 

 

Trade Scenario: Jabari Parker

By: David DiPasqua, Jr. 

In the NBA today, any player is available for the right price. 

With that in mind, remember the amount of assets the Philadelphia 76ers have at their disposal. Nobody is off limits as anything is possible with the trade deadline approaching. 

The trade scenario today is centered around the Milwaukee Bucks forward Jabari Parker. It is highly unlikely the Bucks would trade such a talented player at the age of 20, especially if you saw his windmill dunk in the Rising Stars Challenge Friday night. 

However, it appears the face of the Bucks’ franchise is now entered around Giannis Antetokounmpo. The 21 year old is putting up 15.9 points to go along with 7.1 rebounds. 

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Parker’s windmill dunk Friday night 

It would take a huge haul in order to get this done, yet the Bucks may look to acquire more assets. It would not be the first time the Bucks have dealt with the Sixers.

Sam Hinkie pulled the trigger on sending Michael Carter-Williams to the Bucks in exchange for the top three protected pick from the Lakers nearly a year ago. 

Fast forward to now, Carter-Williams is coming off the bench with fellow teammate Greg Monroe. The Milwaukee Bucks are spiraling off of control, posting the third worst record in the Eastern Conference (22-32). Maybe the Bucks could rebuild quickly. 

Carter-Williams has yet to figure out how to put the ball in the rim. He simply can’t shoot. Rumors have the former Sixer possibly heading to New York with their point guard issues. 

Monroe on the other hand has been placed on the trading block after signing a three year, $50 million dollar contract this off-season. This could be where the Sixers become involved, considering the big salary number. 

Trade Scenario with Bucks 

Bucks: Nerlens Noel, Lakers Top 3 Protected Pick, & Thunder Pick 

  • Noel provides rim protection and even more athleticism in the paint 
  •  Return the high pick to add value and more depth 

Sixers: Jabari Parker

  • Parker adds another scorer and wing to go along with Okafor 

Possible 3 Team Deals 

Bulls/Rockets: Looking to possibly make a splash with Dwight Howard. Would most likely give up Joakim Noah, Taj Gibson, and possible draft picks. Could find a way to help push this along to add a possible veteran or pick. 

Celtics/Cavs: Only rumors right now, but it has been mentioned a blockbuster trade could go down. Kevin Love or Carmelo Anthony heads to Boston. Boston has more than enough to land a star player. Don’t think the Sixers could be in play, but you never know.

The Sixers need to be patient and see how things unfold. Jerry Colangelo knows what he is doing and hopefully make the losing stop at the beginning of the 2016-2017 season. 

Parker can certainly stretch the floor for this team with Okafor in the post. There’s an obvious Duke and Chicago connection between Okafor and Parker. Both played under coach Mike Krzyzewski at Duke and provide qualities such as toughness and discipline to the roster. 

There are only a handful of veterans on this roster, yet Parker and Okafor could learn how to win together. 

The Sixers would still have to figure out their guard situation, but could be set for years to come if this occurs. Anything is possible for the right price. 

The combination of Okafor, Parker, Embiid, Dario Šarić, and possibly Ben Simmons has the makings of a true contender. A plethora of wings to go with a pair of big men means next season could be a shot at a playoff push. 

Currently, Parker is contributing 11. 3 points and 4.7 boards for the Bucks. 

Sixers’ Mock Draft 1.0

By: David DiPasqua, Jr. 

Two decades ago, the Philadelphia 76ers’ selected Allen Iverson with the first overall pick in the 1996 NBA Draft. 

Iverson brought excitement, energy, and a winning attitude to the City of Brotherly Love. 

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Australian connection with Sixers’ head coach Brett Brown 

Trusting “the process” has gone on long enough and this franchise must cash-in on the first selection in this year’s 2016 Draft at all costs. Fans are desperate for another icon who can take this squad to new heights.

That icon’s name is freshman, Ben Simmons out of LSU. 

Simmons can do it all, considering his 6’10” stature and supreme athletic ability. In summary, this kid will put fans in the stands and give them something to cheer about. The freshman averages 19.5 points, 12.5 boards, and 5 assists. He’s the type of kid who can change a franchise, just ask Magic Johnson. 

Stockpiling draft picks was clearly an objective that Sam Hinkie had in mind. However, the assets are useless unless you find a franchise player. 

The first step is winning the NBA lottery for the first time since 1996 and taking Simmons. If all goes right, the Sixers can potentially have four selections. The odds are not in Philadelphia’s favor, but anything can happen: 

The first is a no-brainer with the the No. 1 pick: Ben Simmons 

Lakers slip to No. 4: PG, Kris Dunn, Providence 

  • This is the best case scenario for the Sixers, especially with multiple options at their disposal. Obtaining a talented guard is next on the wish list. 
  • Provides experience (Jr.) and size (6’4″) at the point guard position. 
  • Explosive first step to the hoop. Knocks down big shots when needed.
  • Elite defender that will translate to the next level. 
  • Can see him being a star in the league. 

Plan BSG, Buddy Hield, Oklahoma

  • Hield is another option if Dunn is off the board. Hield provides tremendous shooting ability to a team that desperate lacks anything from behind the arc.
  • Can clearly shoot the lights out and instantly help this squad out by making teams pay by double-teaming Jahlil Okafor in the post. 
  • Best player (outside of Simmons) and shooter in the NCAA this year, which is why Oklahoma is one of the best teams in the country. 
  • Provides senior leadership and is 6’4″ as well. 
  • One area of improvement is his ability to go off the dribble. 
  • Can’t go wrong with either Dunn or Hield in this situation. 

Heat’s Pick- No. 15-20 Range 

Mid-round pick: SG/SF, Denzel Valentine, Michigan State 

  • Instantly brings a pair of elements that this team desires, leadership and shooting. 
  • Another Tom Izzo type of player as Valentine gives everything he has on the court with his fearless style of play.
  • Another senior who has a winning track record during his time at MSU with experience who can instantly be plugged into the lineup. 
  • Good vision, touch from the perimeter, and versatility. 
  • He’s not the tallest at (6’6″), fastest, or strongest. Think Draymond Green

Thunder’s Pick- No. 25-30 Range 

Late-round pick: SG, Wayne Selden, Kansas

  • To be honest, I see the Sixers electing to trade this pick for a variety of different reasons or selecting another “stash” player over in Europe. 
  • However, Selden has a vast amount of potential and could possibly be a steal here late in the first round if he can put it all together. 
  • Was a McDonald’s All-American with Joel Embiid at Kansas. 
  • Has all the tools: Size (6’5″), Wingspan (6’10”), and Weight (230 pounds)
  • Capable of being a lockdown defender.
  • Hit or miss offensively, but has room to improve. 

Contingencies

1. Sixers receive the Los Angeles Lakers’ first round pick if they don’t fall in Top 3

  • Currently, 11-41 record: This will be a race to the finish for freshman phenom Ben Simmons, keep your fingers crossed and hope they slip to number four.

2. Sixers receive the Miami Heat’s first round pick if they don’t fall in Top 10

  • Currently, 28-22 record: It appears the Sixers will acquire this selection. 

3. Sixers receive the Oklahoma City Thunder’s first round pick if not in Top 15

  • Unless something drastic occurs, this is a guaranteed draft pick. 

Remember, nothing is set in stone. These are all “what-if” scenarios. 

The 2016 NBA Draft Lottery will occur on May 17th, while the draft is set to take place on June 23rd. 

 

 

 

Pilot Podcast

The pilot podcast consist of analysis regarding Philadelphia sports, applying some insight and commentary on the current situation teams are in. 

Provided below is the podcast, created by my brother and I during the week of November 23rd. 

 

Times

  • Eagles: 1:47-9:18
  • Sixers/Ben Simmonds: 9:20-15:37
  • Phillies: 15:38-Finish

For my final project in a journalism course, we had to create a podcast. Originally I had video streaming overtop the podcast, but I did not have the rights to the visual content.