When the Philadelphia 76ers hired Sam Hinkie as their general manager about a month ago, that was it. No coach, no comments, we haven’t heard from the guy since. After last night’s 2013 NBA Draft, Sixers’ fans are never going to forget the moves Hinkie made.
Twitter has made the NBA Draft an even more amazing thing than it already was. You find out insider information about trades and picks well before they are even announced on the television. And boy did the Sixers make a ton of those last night.
Here is the breakdown and analysis of each, since it was very hard to keep up with.
The Sixers traded Jrue Holiday and the 42nd overall pick to the New Orleans Pelicans for the rights to Nerlens Noel (6th overall) and a 2014 first round pick (top five protected). The best case scenario is they traded their All-Star for a guy who was rumored to be the number one overall pick and the Pelicans are bad next year, giving the Sixers two lottery picks in a stacked 2014 draft. I still find this move very questionable.
The Sixers draft Michael Carter Williams number 11 overall. According to reports, this was the guy the Sixers wanted all along and they were happy he fell to 11. It makes no sense to me that they wanted him over the two better point guards who went two picks before him in Trey Burke and CJ McCollum. Secondly, they like MCW because he is a young point guard with size and has a knack for passing. Correct me if I am wrong, but didn’t they already have that with their All-Star point guard?
This is where it gets tricky. The Sixers draft Glen Rice Jr. 35th overall and proceed to trade his rights to the Washington Wizards for the 38th and 54th picks. They then get Nate Wolters at 38 and trade him for the rights to Ricky Ledo (43rd overall). Next, they trade Ledo’s rights for future considerations and wind up only getting Arsalan Kazemi with the 54th pick. I think this was a great pick. Kazemi has a high motor and is a great rebounder. But the disturbing path the Sixers took in the second round to get to this place was the icing on the cake to an extremely bizarre night overall.
No one thought going in we would have to say goodbye to Jrue Holiday, but it shows that Hinkie is clearly in charge and he will do whatever he thinks is best.