2013 NBA Draft: 5 Moves Philadelphia 76ers Should Have Made
5 Alternative Draft Day Moves
The 2013 NBA Draft was one of the most intriguing and confusing pieces of television you will see all summer. There was a ton of drama from the opening selection, when the Cleveland Cavaliers stunned all by choosing Anthony Bennett when everyone expected Nerlens Noel. Noel in fact slipped all the way to six and Ben McLemore to seven.
But the real story of the night came from an unlikely source: the Philadelphia 76ers. New general manager Sam Hinkie, trying to make up for his predecessor’s Andrew Bynum debacle, made a ton of moves. He traded All-Star point guard Jrue Holiday. The only player on the team that could put on a show is now gone. In return, the Sixers got Nerlens Noel and a top five protected 2014 pick. They also selected Michael Carter Williams with their number 11 pick.
What does all of this mean? It means Hinkie doesn’t plan on his team winning anytime soon. He sees this as a multiple year rebuilding project and it will be constructed around Noel, MCW and two lottery picks in a stacked 2014 draft class.
As a fan, it’s tough to swallow the fact that not only will you not see Bynum, but you’re done seeing “The Jruth” in a 76ers uniform. I question many of the moves that were made on this night, which is why I am doing my own 2013 NBA Draft redo. Here are five alternatives that Hinkie and the Sixers could have chosen on draft night.
1. Trade Thaddeus Young and 11th Pick for 7th Pick
I like that the Sixers wanted to trade up in a draft not full of superstars. But not only did they trade the wrong player, they traded to the wrong spot. I would have considered Holiday untouchable and instead, I would have tried to package our lottery pick with Thaddeus Young to get McLemore. A backcourt of Holiday and McLemore would wreak havoc on the Eastern Conference for the next 10 years. He has the most talent in the draft and would have been a steal at seven.
2. Trade 11th and 42nd Pick for 10th Pick
In MCW, the 76ers got a point guard who can’t score for the worst offense in the NBA. In CJ McCollum, the 76ers could have gotten a combo guard who could play alongside Holiday and be the scoring punch the team needs, a la Damian Lillard.
3. Draft Jeff Withey 35th Overall
Ever since Hinkie got hired it was a pipe dream to think Bynum would ever suit up for the team, but that doesn’t mean they didn’t need size still. Withey is a great rebounder and superb shot-blocker and would have filled a need for the squad, but he went 39th overall instead.
4. Trade Down and Acquire Assets
It was clear the Dallas Mavericks wanted nothing to do with their first round pick when they traded down twice. I could have seen the same approach working for the 76ers. No player was going to make this team a playoff team so why not try and collect more picks towards the end of the first round? The Atlanta Hawks had back-to-back picks in the first round and they could have worked something out to land Lucas Nogueira.
5. Trade Picks 35 and 42 to get back into First Round
The Sixers could have packaged these two valuable picks to get back in the first round to get an impact player. The Minnesota Timberwolves at 26 and the Denver Nuggets at 27, were both shopping and the Sixers could have used someone like Isaiah Canaan or Rudy Gobert.