Awww yeeesss… Let all SCENARIOS begin and there is a plethora of them. By the way, plethora has to be my favorite word of all-time. Before I get into the scenarios for the Sixers, here is a message from my sponsor..
So the Sixers have the 3rd and 10th pick in the first round. Not going to lie, to say I was slightly disappointed about the Sixers not getting the first overall pick is an understatement. I was speechless. I honestly felt like my pet turtle died. I was so depressed. I know this draft is deep as hell, but I wanted Andrew Wiggins sooo baaadd. Well, I ‘m finally over it and ready to move on from my depression. I have put my full trust in Sam Hinkie.
To go along with the two-first rounders, the Sixers have the 32nd, 39th, 47th, 52nd, and the 54th picks. Hinkie could easily package a couple of those second rounders and get back a late-first rounder. As we found out quickly last year, Hinkie is locked and loaded to make moves.
There will be many more scenarios falling from the sky in the coming weeks leading up to the draft, but here are some I have found or heard so far.
Thad to the Sacramento Kings for the 8th pick.
There would be a player that the Kings would send back and the Sixers would likely send a second rounder as well to make it work. If you’re going to move Thad, the Sixers might as well do it on draft night. I really would like to see Thad stay but this might be too good to pass up. Scott Howard-Cooper of NBA.com reports that the Kings are looking for a veteran in exchange for the 8th pick. Libertyballers reported that the Sixers and Kings came very close last year on striking a deal, involving DeMarcus Cousins and Jrue Holiday. The Kings are not interested in drafting and developing another kid. Hinkie’s gotta be all over this. I mean, if the Sixers can add the 8th pick, to go along with the 3rd and 10th, helloooo opportunities (trades)…
Watching Joel Embiid in workout for league executives in Santa Monica. Impossible to imagine passing on him at No. 1.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) May 23, 2014
Then there is this: That would be just lovely, if Embiid’s back is truly healthy. There have been a ton of reports out all year on how much the Bucks loved him. That would mean Jabari Parker or Wiggins could slide. Me likey.
In case you’re wondering, Jabari Parker has been at the top of #Cavs draft board much of the season.
— Jason Lloyd (@JasonLloydABJ) May 21, 2014
Oh God, yes… I’m starting to feel better about the Sixers chances for Wiggins. Jason Lloyd is a Cavs beat writer for the Akron Beacon Journal. Though I still see Embiid going here more than Parker, especially if the Cavs are going to make a run at LeBron. I don’t see them drafting Parker or Wiggins if Embiid is healthy. Kyrie Irving, LeBron James and Embiid would be scary.
Aaron Gordon met with the #Sixers Wednesday.
— Keith Pompey (@PompeyOnSixers) May 15, 2014
Aaron Gordon would a great pick at number 10, though I don’t see him sliding down that far. It also seems that the Sixers may decide on shooter at the 10 spot. Look at Doug “Buckets” McDermott and Nik Stauskas. Maybe, even a solid two-way player-Garry Harris. I personally, love Harris.
The Sixers 3rd and 10th pick for 1st overall.
Yes, this might be the biggest one I heard so far. Could it happen? I mean, I don’t think you can say no when Hinkie’s involved. I would definitely do it, if they do indeed trade Thad to the Kings for the 8th. Then you could see a Sixers lineup with Wiggins (1st pick) and Gordon (8th pick) in it next year. By the way, both Bleacher Report and SBNation both have the Sixers drafting Wiggins with the 3rd pick in their latest mock drafts.
When you’re talking Sixers, you’re talking non-guaranteed, minimum contracts. That is basically what the Sixers have done since trading Jrue Holiday. I mean, it is smart on their part. Next year’s draft class is Exhibit A for that ( Wiggins, Parker, and Randle). I have said it before, I am not crazy about the tanking thing, but in the NBA sometimes it must be done. David Stern doesn’t like taking credit for that.
The Sixers have brought in undrafted rookies, players that haven’t found their niche yet (likely never will), and veterans desperately trying to stay in the league. That adds up to non-guaranteed contracts, partial guaranteed contracts, some guaranteed contracts and barely reaching the cap floor. That is the ultimate tanking job. Well, done Mr. Hinkie…
Training camp is upon us (opens Saturday) and with that said lets take a look at one of the most interesting Sixers rosters ever assemble. This is going to be a fun year. I say the Sixers win 17-22 games. Too much?
I figure to begin with the players that actually are guaranteed to make this roster, unless Hinkie decides to say no, and just trades everyone. It could happen.
PG- Michael Carter-Williams – The 6-6 point guard is one of the youngsters that Hinkie is relying on to be part of the future. The kid has good vision and can get to the rack. He struggles with his jumper and turning the ball over.
C- Nerlens Noel – The Kentucky product should just sit out until he is fully healthy from his ACL injury. Even if that means the entire season.
PF/SF- Thaddeus Young – The heart and soul of the Sixers. A good guy to have around for youngsters to learn from.
PF/C- Spencer Hawes – Can you say traded by the deadline? Yes, Sixers fans. He does have some value. As much as he drives us insane, he does have skills for a big-man.
PF- Arnett Moultrie – If he wants to stay in the NBA, there is no better time than now to prove it.
PF- Lavoy Allen– Remember that time when we thought that Lavoy maybe could be a starter in this league? He is a decent backup.
SG- Jason Richardson– I did read a report that the Sixers may ask him to sit out the year. Hinkie is a funny dude…
G/SF- Evan Turner– The Sixers “whipping-boy”. Some thought that he would have been gone already. Does Hinkie actually like Turner? Or does he not know what value Turner has in the trade market. I sure as hell have no clue.
PG- Tony Wroten– This dude is intriguing as hell. He has size (6-6) and is very athletic. He sees the floor well, BUT the guy can’t shoot. That is a recurring thing on this team.
C-Kwame Brown- Giving this guy a guaranteed contact is the ultimate “tanking” move. Just start him at center every game.
Partial Guaranteed Contracts
PG- Khalif Wyatt- I love me some Wyatt. If Wyatt wants to make this team or stay in this league, he should be watching Andre Miller game tape’s .
PG-Darius Morris– Well, he did play for the Lakers at least.
C-Tim Ohlbrecht- Who? The center appeared in just 3 NBA games for the Houston Rockets. The 25 year-old is a German professional basketball. Hooray, for the Deutschland!!
PF- Royce White– Actually, I have no clue where to put this dude at. I guess, I can say that he is a partially guaranteed contact. He is expected to be in camp. I really don’t even know where to start with this talented, but trouble dude.
Non- Guaranteed Contracts
SF/PF- Arsalan Kazemi – Reportedly, signed a contract overseas in Iran. I would love to see him stay. Love his grit.
SG-James Anderson– The former first round pick by the Spurs (20th overall), has played three seasons in the NBA. He has played for the Spurs and Rockets
G-Vander Blue– The former Marquette guard, is an outstanding athlete. His name is awesome.
SF- Hollis Thompson- The 6-8 swing-man out of Georgetown, He spent last year with the Thunder’s NBA Development League affiliate, the Tulsa 66ers.
The Sixers may go up to 20 guys on the training camp roster. As of now, 19 where it stands and this is where the journey for Wiggins begins…
Most Sixers fans are probably looking forward to the 2014 draft. That’s because the Sixers have put themselves in a great position for a draft that looks to be one of the deepest in years. It’s drawing comparisons to the 2003 draft. In case you forgot that is the year Lebron James, Carmelo Anthony, D Wade and Chris Bosh were drafted.
Most of the hype about the 2014 draft is surrounding Andrew Wiggins. Wiggins is expected to be the number one overall pick and supposedly the best prospect since Lebron. Jabari Parker and Julius Randle are the other top prospects that have garnered a lot of attention. But as of yet, I haven’t heard much talk about Aaron Gordon. A top prospect that hasn’t received as much fan fair as Wiggins, Parker or Randle but is about to make some noise as a freshman.
Gordon is a 6-8 210 lb forward who is crazy athletic. Aaron will be attending Arizona next season and will be joined by Chester High Schools Rondae Hollis-Jefferson. He went to Archbishop Mitty High School in California. Gordon played in the McDonald’s All American game scoring 24 points and pulled 8 boards, leading the West to a 110–99 victory. He was the games MVP. Gordon also played on the gold-medal winning FIBA USA U-19 team. He averaged a team best 12.6 points and 6.2 rebounds in only 18.8 minutes per game. He was awarded MVP of the tournament. Check out what he does with this lob pass in the USA training camp:
Aaron is less heralded because although he is seen as having immense potential the other three already look polished. Most people are targeting him as a four but he has said he wants to eventually become a two or three. I’ve also read that his handle is shaky and his jumper is inconsistent. But he’s young. Gordon doesn’t turn 18 until September. Plus, check out this kid’s highlight reel. I think it compares with anything you will see from Wiggins, Parker or Randle. It looks like Gordon is capable of being in the same class as them. You be the judge:
Arizona’s team looks to be shaping up nice. So as they start to receive more national coverage the more you’ll hear Aaron Gordon’s name. And if the Sixers don’t get the first pick in the draft but end up with Gordon, that might not be such a bad thing.