What could Sam Hinkie possibly have up his sleeve for Draft Night 2013? That’s the question everyone following the Sixers has been asking themselves for the past month. Of course it’s hard to have any clue what Hinkie is considering for tomorrow evening as he hasn’t made any public statements or comments since his introduction as GM back in the middle of May.
Hinkie has adopted an omerta approach when it comes to the media/fans and the Sixers plans for the future. On the other hand, we here at Philadunkia decided to to assemble a few blockbuster ideas for the 76ers in the 2013 Draft and share them with you. Hopefully the new General Manager takes one or two of these ideas into consideration.
For this post, we asked the Philadunkia scribes to take over Hinkie’s seat in the war room and submit an original idea for “a move” the Sixers should make on Thursday night. There was only one guideline for this exercise — the idea could not involve the Sixers simply standing pat at #11 and making a pick.
After the jump, some Draft Night ideas for the Sixers that could change the face and fortunes of this franchise.
Steve Toll: Controlling the war room is my ultimate fantasy and I have a plan that works majestically:
Trade Jrue and Thad to Cleveland for the #1 pick. Call up Dallas and take Shawn Marion + #13th pick for the #35th, #42nd pick and 2014 2nd pick. Trade Spencer Hawes+ Lavoy Allen+ Arnett Moultrie and $3 million for Kendrick Perkins + 12th + 29th picks this year. The Sixers end up with the 1st, 11th, 12th, 13th, 29th pick in the draft and is the odds on favorite to to get Andrew Wiggins in the 2014 NBA Draft.
C. Smith: If I am moving up in this weak 2013 Draft, then I believe Hinkie & Co need to be in the Top 5 to get a player that will have any type of impact next season. So I target Phoenix at #5 and offer them Evan Turner, the #11 pick and the 35th pick to move into their spot. I’d even throw in Lavoy Allen if necessary. Hopefully at #5 the Sixers can select Alex Len, Victor Oladipo or Ben McLemore.
However, given the weak nature of this Draft class and the fact that the Sixers are at least two years away from contending for 2nd place in the East (Unless they make a major move or two via a trade and/or free agency), I think the best move for the Sixers is to trade out, acquire more assets and select a “upside” guy in the late teens.
I’d look to send the 11th pick to Atlanta for their two 1st round selections (#17 & #18). Hopefully a big with potential (Bullock; Nogueira; Gobert; Plumlee) and a legit scorer (Hardaway Jr.; Muhammad) are both available in that pick range. The suddenly turmoil filled Celtics (at #16) also should be looking to move up and could be an interesting trade partner.
Jeff McMenamin: For me, I see Sacramento’s pick at No. 7 being ripe for the picking and the Sixers would have to be idiots to not make an offer come draft day. Rumors have swirled that DeMarcus Cousins wants a max-contract extension with the Kings and if he’s not given one will demand a trade. The Kings have had their problems with Cousins’ attitude since Day 1 and seem to have had it with the big man, let alone want to invest their future in the stubborn/immature star. Here’s where Hinkie must make this offer.
Sixers trade: Thaddeus Young and the No. 11 pick/No. 42 pick if necessary
Sixers receive: DeMarcus Cousins and the No. 7 pick
It gives the Kings a star who works hard and does everything right at a cheap price tag along with a slightly lower lottery pick, while the Sixers receive one of the best big men in the game when his head’s on straight and a pick that’s currently a wild card. Nobody knows who’s going to slip just yet and the Sixers could find a guy like Victor Oladipo, Otto Porter or Alex Len to fall just far enough to be taken at No. 7. Far-fetched yes, but the time for the offer is now and Hinkie knows this as well as anyone.
Jake Fischer: If I’m in charge of the Sixes war room on Thursday night, the following dialogue occurs:
Me: Ok team, the Draft is now underway! But, uh, Adam, I need you to get the hell off Twitter and delete your account. It’s annoying everyone.
Adam Aron: But, but—
Me: Okayyyy, next order of business! We need to get rid of Evan Turner while he still has any legitimate amount of trade value and I desperately want C.J. McCollum to put a shooter and someone who can create off the dribble next to Jrue in the starting backcourt. He also can play backup point.
Doug Collins: (In his best consultant voice) Well, Evan was supposed to do that last year—
Me: But your offense sucked, Dougie. So, we’re going to package Evan Turner and the No. 11 pick to Detroit for the No. 8 pick and Will Bynum and I don’t give a damn what you all think. The Pistons are rumored to want to give up Bynum and he can’t be any worse than Royal Ivey! Any questions?
(Sam Hinkie and Joshua Harris share a nervous silent look)
Me: Good. Hey Preston! Get Dumars on the line!
Michael Kaskey-Blomain: Based on recent reports that Bynum likely won’t return to the Sixers’ sideline next season, the team really needs to fortify the frontcourt for the future. There are a couple great frontcourt prospects, but they will be long gone by the time the Sixers select at 11th overall. The team should trade up into the top 5 in order to secure a potentially franchise-changing big; ideally Alex Len out of Maryland. Nerlens Noel or Anthony Bennet would be solid selections as well.
To get into the top 5 they could try to trade their 11th pick, one of their second rounders and either Turner or Thad Young, depending on the involved team’s interest. The Sixers would struggle again next season and likely land in the stacked 2014 lottery. With Holiday, a big like Len, and a 2014 lottery selection, the franchise would be moving in the right direction.
Post your idea for a “move” the Sixers can make on Draft Night in the comments section.
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