DEJAVU AT #2 ???

It’s exactly one month from the 2011 NBA Draft, so of course the trade rumors and draft predictions are running rampant. 

Most experts are agreeing on the fact that Duke point guard Kyrie Irving will become the no. 1 overall pick and new face of the Cleveland Cavaliers.  After that it gets a little interesting, being that the Minnesota Timberwolves have already made it known that the second overall pick is being shopped. 

Heavily.

There’s one rumor that keeps popping up all over the internet.  We’re not sure where it started or who to give credit to, but we here at Philadunkia are unable to ignore it any longer.

It’s a trade between the T-Wolves and our beloved 76ers and it’s is rumored to go down a little something like this…

Sixers send Andre Iguodala and #16 pick to Minnesota for the #2 pick, Johnny Flynn, Anthony Toliver and Martell Webster…

Is it just me or is this too good to be true?  The T-Wolves basis for the trade is that their three best players – Kevin Love, Wesley Johnson and Mike Beasley – are all too similar to Derrick Williams.  They feel like adding an unselfish player defensive player like Iguodala would help them at limiting opponents to fewer than 100 points per game, something that has been a rarity in Minnesota since KG’s departure.

If this went down, Sixer fans should be doing back flips in the streets of Philadelphia.  Not only is Iguodala and his horrid contract gone, but Derrick Williams (19.5 ppg. & 8.3 rpg.) arrival means that a perennial all-star who should come into League averaging close to 20 points a night teams up with the other young Sixers.

The 6’8” 250 pound (6-7 ¼ without shoes, 7-1 ½ wingspan) combo forward made one of the smartest decisions of his life by coming back to Arizona, where he elevated the Wildcats all the way to the elite eight.  Scouts have raved about his offensive awareness and his ability to play with both his back to the basket and his face up game.  Ahhh, imagine a starting lineup of Jrue-ET-DWill-Brand-(Unknown Center, hopefully not Hawes).  Then a bench that boasts Thad Young, Jodie Meeks, Martell Webster and Lou Williams.  Give this roster two years to completely gel and who knows what spot in the Eastern Conference the Sixers could hold in 2013.

Doug Collins defensive system is solid enough to cope without Andre Iguodala.  More minutes for the defensively solid Evan Turner certainly will help off set the loss of AI9 on that end of the court.  The edition of Toliver — a young, athletic big with a long wingspan — on the backline certainly will help the overall defense as well.   Derrick Williams may not be a great defender, but he had more then a few game changing blocks this season and the experts at draftexpress.com have said he, “shows strong fundamentals” on defense .  He is a momentum player on defense and his highlight plays would not only give Wells Fargo some much needed energy but it would spark the team as well.

I compare Williams to a more athletic LaMarcus Aldridge.  And we all saw what the Trail Blazer was capable of doing this season. 

 The Pacers apparently have also been toying with the idea of sending Danny Granger to Minnesota for the #2 pick.  Let’s hope T-Wolves GM David Kahn realizes he needs a solid all-around player to compliment his roster of young players and goes after Iguodala.

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