Wait. Who? From where? For what? Why?
It’s been a month since the NBA draft, but a burning question in Philadelphia still remains: Why did the 76ers, one of the worst shooting teams (.435) in the league in 2013-14, pass on selecting Creighton‘s Doug McDermott, who, if not the best, was one of the best pure shooters in college basketball.
Instead of picking McDermott, the Sixers selected Payton, a point guard, and then minutes later traded him to the Orlando Magic for the rights to forward Dario Saric of Croatia, who just days prior signed a three-year deal with a Turkish team.
Message to the Sixers organization and, in particular, its general manager Sam Hinkie: Saric could very well be a good NBA player in four years, but McDermott could very well be a good NBA player right now.
Last season, McDermott lit up the stat sheet for the Bluejays, averaging 26.7 points and seven rebounds a game as a senior. The 2014 Naismith College Player of the Year led Creighton to a 27-8 record and to the third round of the NCAA Tournament.
Averaging 18 points a game while shooting 44 percent from beyond the arc, McDermott led the Bulls to a 4-1 record in Vegas. He poured in 31 points on 7-of-12 shooting, including five three-pointers in his second Summer League game.
Take a look at the NBA champion San Antonio Spurs. A team can never have enough sharpshooters on its roster.
The Sixers, for some reason, let an apparently good one slip right through their hands.
(What do you think about the Sixers’ 10th pick? Should they have chosen Saric? McDermott? Or somebody else? Drop in a comment below.)