That is possibly my favorite quote ever. Short. Direct. Powerful.
Sixers general manager Sam Hinkie strikes me as the type of guy who would abide by such a mindset. He's not afraid to make bold moves that let his actions speak for him - see: 2013 NBA Draft. That's why the 2014 NBA Draft is shaping up to be an interesting night and one that has Sixers fans curiously in the dark about what their team is going to do.
Answer: we just have to wait.
But there is one thing that keeps sitting in the back of my head. About 99% of the time I am on board for the "best player available" route when it comes to drafts, especially with teams who lack a ton of talent such as the Sixers. Grab the best guy and worry about fit later. This year, no matter how often I remind myself that best player available is a good method at No. 3 overall, I can't seem to fully jump in and believe that.
I don't get hung up on mock drafts and I try to avoid getting hung up on one player but I've had my eye on Andrew Wiggins for a little while now. The Sixers seemingly tanked this season to get a good draft pick and then wined and dined Wiggins while he was in Philadelphia last week. That's so out of character. It would be an elaborate charade if they did all of that for Wiggins but didn't actually want him.
That's where my dilemma falls. The Sixers struggled their way through the 2013-14 season winning just 19 games and tying an NBA record for most consecutive losses at 26. The organization took it on the chin when it came to attendance and the atmosphere was not exciting at the Wells Fargo Center. The excitement around the organization returned on May 20th when it came time for the NBA draft lottery and there has been a buzz around the team ever since.
All of that losing and lack of excitement was to try and land the top pick to bring in an impact player, presumably Wiggins, to turn the franchise around. What happened? The Sixers ended up with the third overall pick and Joel Embiid broke his foot so now there's a very slim chance Wiggins falls to Philadelphia.
Just our luck.
So what does Hinkie do? Sit at three and let whatever stud player fall to him? Or does he go up and get his guy?
I'm on the "go get your guy" side of this one. There are going to be good, potentially great, players available at No. 3 but did the Sixers tank the season and put the players, coaches, and fans through that for a guy who is maybe, sorda, kinda their guy? Or did they do that to get their guy?
The Sixers are close but not close enough to ensure they grab Wiggins. The Cavaliers have been rather open about shopping the No. 1 overall pick and teams have inquired. Philadelphia reportedly made an intriguing offer to Cleveland but so did Orlando and Utah. The Magic have a rather hefty offer on the table but the Sixers could top it.
If Wiggins is their guy, go get him. I don't give up No. 10 overall but, at this point, if the team is really head over heels in love with Wiggins, do whatever it takes to get him. If he is their guy but they have other guys who can be "their guy" then sit back at No. 3. Either way, I full expect Sam Hinkie to be selecting a guy the organization loves come Thursday.
In Hinkie We Trust.
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