The 2016 NBA Draft Thread - no spoilers until it airs especially twitter

Who goes at 1

  • Brandon Ingram

    Votes: 11 21.6%
  • Ben Simmons

    Votes: 40 78.4%
  • Other

    Votes: 0 0.0%

  • Total voters

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Care to provide one example.

As a 20+ year fan of the Sixers, I'm well aware of the long time basket case (mis)management that the Sixers have suffered through. That pretty much stopped when Sam Hinkie was hired. What most people don't get is that Philly under Hinkie deliberately set out to be horrible to try and land that number one pick in the draft. We deliberately tanked and made no secret about it. And from day one Hinkie has said that our goal is to draft best available talent, regardless of position or fit, in order to try and draft that future super star player.

Hinkie traded out all the good and halfway decent players for future assets. So there are few potential stars on the Sixers, and only ones what we have drafted in. Unfortunately they all play the same position, center.

2014 we tanked, and most fans really wanted Andrew Wiggins in the draft. Except we landed the 3rd pick in a 3 player draft, and all reports were Wiggins was projected as the 3rd pick, with Cleveland set to draft Embiid, Milwaukee to draft Parker and Wiggins to Philly. Except Embiid suffered a stress fracture in his foot during a pre draft work out, and scared Cleveland off. So Wiggins went 1, and Embiid fell to 3 and Hinkie took the gamble that if Embiid regained his health, we would have our super star. None of the other projected top draftees were viewed to be in the same tier as the top three and worth taking a punt on.

2015 we tanked and Karl-Anthony Towns was the target. Again we lucked out in the lottery and ended up with the 3rd pick again, in a 3 player draft. Unfortunately the Lakers pulled a fast one, and drafted the player Philly wanted, in Russell when it was clear that Minnesota was going to draft KAT at one. So we were left to draft the best player available, though not deemed as the super star to build around.

Under Hinkie, it's always been clear that every player is viewed as a traceable asset to bring in the super star player. Under Hinkie we have accumulated an unprecedented number of future draft picks that can be used to either draft players or used as trade chips. We own LAL first round pick in 2017 (top 3 protected) and it converts to an unprotected first round pick in 2018. We own Sacramento's first round pick in 2019 and have the right to swap picks in 2017 and 2018 if they finish in a better draft position that us. We own future draft picks from other teams as far in to the future as 2021.

The concern for many Sixers fans now is that with the Colangelo's in charge, many of these assets won't be utilised or cashed in properly.

Oh, we're definitely drafting Ben Simmons. And with how the league rookie and restricted free agents contracts are structured, he's here for the next 9 years.
Philly where stars become cursed.

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