11/26/13 3:41 pm EST
DISCLAIMER: The following post is NOT an outright endorsement of Marcus Smart as the 76ers 2014 NBA Draft Lottery selection. It is simply a hypothetical idea that crossed my mind last night as I watched Smart and Oklahoma State crush South Florida…
Leading up to the 2013-14 college basketball season my thoughts on the 2014 Draft class were that either Andrew Wiggins or Jabari Parker would be the best fit for the 7-6. As I have watched both of those All-America caliber kids play this year, my pre-season thoughts have only been confirmed. Both are athletic, fantastic wing players who could step right in and start for Brett Brown. Either one would be a tremendous fit as a draft pick for the Sixers.
However, as other NBA teams continue to out-tank the 7-6 (I’m looking at you Suns, Jazz, Bucks and C’s. ) I have begun to take a much closer look at some of the other elite players in college basketball. So last night as I watched Oklahoma State demolish USF, I asked myself the following , “What if the Sixers aren’t in a position to select Wiggins or Parker? What if Hinkie is on the clock and Marcus Smart is the best player available? Would Smart be a good fit here?”