The Sixers head into the 2014 draft with as much ammunition as anyone in the draft. They possess two top-10 picks in addition to five second-round picks. They are likely to come away with at least two stud players, if not more, plus more money, assets, or picks by dumping some of their second round picks to teams who don't have as many selections (i.e. New York Knicks).
There has been a lot of talk in recent days about the possibility of the 76ers trading the third overall pick and other assets to the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for the No. 1 overall pick - thus ensuring Andrew Wiggins lands in Philadelphia. While all of that talk is well and good, there should be even more talk about the Sixers option at No. 10 overall.
The Sixers will have their pick of Andrew Wiggins, Joel Embiid or Jabari Parker when it comes their turn to pick at No. 3. They're going to get a player. At No. 10, it becomes a little bit more of a toss-up as to who they could select or, at the very least, what position. The Sixers need shooters and there are plenty in this draft - Doug McDermott, Nik Stauskas, Gary Harris, James Young, Zach LaVine just to name a few.
But the Sixers are more than just two players away from competing. While their starting five surely needs a boost from a player (or three), their bench also needs to be strengthened as well. Why not look at turning their pick at No. 10 into two first round picks?
ESPN's Chad Ford reports the Chicago Bulls are talking to the Denver Nuggets about trading the No. 16 and 19th overall picks to Denver in exchange for the No. 11 overall pick. The Bulls are looking to move up to take a shooter of their own. It could behoove Hinkie to pick up the phone and call Bulls general manager Gar Forman to try and work out a deal.
Think about it. The Sixers need a shooter and so do the Bulls. If the Sixers are offering a deal that could get the Bulls a shooter, why wouldn't they pull the trigger? They get their shooter while also ensuring the Sixers don't take the shooter Chicago is targeting (whoever that might be). From the Sixers standpoint, they move down and nab two players still in the top-20.
Players like LaVine, T.J. Warren, Rodney Hood, K.J. McDaniels, P.J Hairston and (a favorite of mine) Cleanthony Early are all expected to be selected 16th or later with LaVine as the wild card who could go 15th overall. The Sixers could potentially land two of those guys.
I'd like that.
I don't know what Hinkie has planned and, to be honest, I don't think anyone - despite the reports - does either. This is the man who shocked the NBA by trading the team's only All Star, a 23-year-old point guard, for the sixth overall pick last year and a pick that turned into the 10th overall pick this year. Hinkie lurks in the shadows and waits for his moment to attack - something that should excite Sixers fans.
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