Posted by: Philadunkia
06/28/13 3:01 pm EST

In all your years of following the Sixers, have you ever seen anything quite like last night?  It’s safe to say that the Sam Hinkie era has started and that fans are in for the ride of their lives.

As a quick refresher, the  Sixers traded guard Jrue Holiday to the New Orleans Pelicans in exchange for center Nerlens Noel, who was selected with the No. 6 overall pick Thursday night.  Along with Noel, the Pelicans sent the Sixers a 2014 first-round pick, which is top-five protected.

In receiving Noel, all signs point to the Sixers parting ways with Andrew Bynum in the off-season.  The 2014 first-round pick is extremely valuable, considering next years draft is viewed by many to be one of the best drafts in decades.

Following the trade, the Sixers selected guard Michael Carter-Williams with pick No. 11, to replace Holiday.  Carter-Williams has the size of a shooting guard (6’5″) as a point guard, much like Jrue Holiday, but still has a lot of growing to do on the court.  He needs to build muscle and focus on his decision making in the off-season.

Late in the night there were also false reports that the Sixers had hired Spurs assistant coach Brett Brown as their head coach.  Lastly, the Sixers also made a couple second-round trades which set the team up with even more draft picks in 2014 and they drafted forward Arslan Kazemi of Oregon with the 54th pick while signing UFA forward Rodney Williams of Minnesota.

Needless to say this was an active draft and one that nobody who’s followed the Sixers in recent years has been used to seeing.  Now that the hangover has worn off, Philadunkia scribes Jeff McMenamin, Carey Smith and Steve Toll break down what this draft means for the future of the franchise.

Jeff McMenamin:

Everything I’ve come to know from the Sixers on draft day just changed forever. I’m still shell-shocked at what I witnessed, but when the smoke cleared I understood that what Hinkie did was the right move.

As great as Jrue Holiday was in a Sixers uniform last year and as much room as he had left to grow and lead this franchise, the most value the Sixers could’ve gotten for him happened to be last night.

For one they cleared $41 million dollars in cap room which they owed Holiday over the next four seasons. In return for Jrue, they also got a guy in Nerlens Noel who was thought by many to become the No. 1 pick in last night’s draft and who has plenty of room to grow as well (knee’s pending). A quality pick in next years highly talented draft is an added bonus and hopefully the pick will be between 6-10 in the lottery.

Philadelphia meet Tankadelphia. Lose as many games as you can and have a 25-percent shot at Kansas’ Andrew Wiggins in the 2014 draft. If it doesn’t work out, Hinkie has plenty of cap space to sign other proven assets to this team. I don’t have too much faith in Michael Carter-Williams as being the point guard for this team, but that’s good for a team looking to tank. Over/under the Sixers have an attendance of over 2,000 to games next season? In today’s NBA, unfortunately you have to become really bad first in order to win games in the future. It’s time for the Sixers to go out and fill the NOT Top 10 on SportsCenter next season.

Carey Smith: 

I am very impressed with the stones Hinkie showed last night in his first Draft at the helm of the Sixers. I will miss Jrue, but the trade for Noel gives us great cap flexibility and a two potential lottery picks in 2014. That’s how you build a potential title contender. I also really liked the MCW pick as he a very good PG who is a legit 6’5″. He’ll have to cut down on his turnovers to succeed in the NBA, but hopefully that is something that comes with maturity.

In all of the excitement of Hinkie-palooza, there was one small issue for me last night and a scary thought. My issue is that I would like to have seen the Sixers draft a shooting guard who can score somewhere along the line. They had second round chances at Crabbe, Franklin, Ledo, Rice, Jr. and others, but passed or selected them and traded the pick away.

My scary thought is, “What if Hinkie’s plan doesn’t work out?”

Steve Toll:

I’ve got alot to say about the draft, and I’ll start from the back.  Apparently, Hinkie secured a couple future 2nd round picks.  Those picks are little, but they are worth something.  Arsalan Kazemi will end up being a major steal, he is an NBA player.  MC-Williams is a better athlete than Evan Turner, but nowhere near the player he was in college.  I expect ET to run the show next year and MCW to play about 18 minutes a game at point and be very bad.

The trade of the night was obvious — Jrue for Noel and a top 5 protected lotto pick next season.
It only takes one idiot, and Hinkie (possibly) found his man in the GM from New Orleans.  I threw in (possibly) because there is a lot more to this trade than meets the eye, which I’ll get to later.  On a positive note, this could be the BEST TRADE IN THE HISTORY OF THE NBA.  The 76ers could end up with Noel, Andrew Wiggins, and New Orleans pick, in what is considered a draft full of potential studs in 2014.

This was an interesting night for the 76ers and one that won’t be forgotten, one way or the other.


14 Responses to “DRAFT’13: HANGOVER”

  1. Alex Hootan
    28. June 2013 at 16:32

    No question here. The rewards way surpases the risk. Amazing move…. I am so impressed. With Jrue Sixers were not going anywhere. One important take here: Arsalan Kasmi will be a heck of a steal. I have wached him in Oregon and can tell you he can be an all star, No kidding

  2. Adam S
    28. June 2013 at 16:36

    Great draft – sad to see Jrue go as I’m sure he’s going to thrive in NO with their offensive weapons, but we now have a legit center (assuming his knees are healthy – sounds vaguely familiar) and some real potential to pick up some big-time players next year. This year is going to be rough, but hopefully coach (whoever that is) will afford the newbies some playing time so they can use this season to develop.

  3. Judas_priest
    28. June 2013 at 17:21

    Kazemi an all-star? Highly unlikely, but I too have watched him this year and he is a really solid player whose skills far outweigh his flash.

  4. George
    28. June 2013 at 19:03

    It sucks to see one of my favorite players traded, but to see this guy maneuver they way he did gives you hope. I thought they outsmarted themselves when the traded Glen Rice Jr, but hearing about Arsalan Kasmi and getting extra picks seems quite the positive. My only fanboy hope is that the sign Siva, but otherwise let’s let the youngins play and tank like we mean it

  5. Kevin Jones
    28. June 2013 at 23:31

    Wait, what free agents are ever going to want to come here? It’s pointless to have cap space when you can’t lure any top talent. ALl-star point guards are hard to come by. Hinkie tried to do too much, too soon ….

  6. Rafi
    29. June 2013 at 08:04

    Not this year, but 2014, I could see plenty of quality or even top-tier FAs wanting to play with a team of young up-and-comers.
    MCW, Wiggins (maybe), Noel, another 2014 lotto pick–that’s a very young, VERY good core to play with.

  7. Hank
    29. June 2013 at 08:46

    Top free agents aren’t going to come here, which means there are two ways to get them: draft, or trade. He set us up for the draft nicely, and if we want to have the ability to trade for them then we need both assets AND the cap room to take on their contract. Maybe you tried to do too much too soon when you attempted to figure out what hinkies plan is?

  8. Tony
    29. June 2013 at 08:51


    All star point guards aren’t even necessary to win in this league, you just need a guy who can penetrate, show the ball, and dish to better scorers. Not a points suck like Westbrook, rose, and jrue. And the only reason jrue made the all star team was a coaches decision, and that only happened because Doug begged his peers for the sympathy votes. Jrue’s defense at the point was all star worthy however, but apparently defense is MCW’s strongpoint, so in 2-3 years maybe him for jrue will be push at worse.

    Way to go hink! Don’t hire a coach pre-draft so he can’t bitch about you trading a away his best player… SMART. Look to the future and don’t try to be a mediocre playoff team every year like the other franchises in Philly… SMART. Now please get a veteran PG or PF this year to mentor these kids so Evan turner doesn’t poison their minds.

  9. Ship pride
    29. June 2013 at 10:50

    Finally we get to see a few positive/optimistic notes from Steve toll. I really have hated 99% of your writing up to now but I do agree with your logic and rationale here maybe this can be a turning point where you actually start to contribute to this site and not just piss people off. I approve

    As far as the draft I agree in Hinkie we trust that was a great move and it’s great to see that he explored so many trade options and different directions for the team to move in towards the future. With the amazingly quick accumulation of assets he acquired in just one night I think we can all rest assured that the sixers are now in good hands with a more than competent front office. I’m excited for the future of this team.

    Kevin free agents will come in the next few years as we continue to accumulate good goin players with potential. Also we can now explore good trade not just taking others crap for our few good players

  10. Fu
    29. June 2013 at 16:07

    A positive note from Steve?! OMG!…

    I don’t really get the high worries about Noel’s knees. Okay we experienced His Hairness Bynum last year. But who really worries about DRose being back full steam when he heals from his ACL? Tearing an ACL as a bball player seems a rather standard injury and should not raise that much concerns, right? Who can explain why Noel suddenly and completely unexpectedly fell to the 6th spot in the draft?

  11. Roger Walker
    1. July 2013 at 01:30

    With the Andrew Bynum debacle seemingly behind them, the Sixers made a splash Thursday night in the NBA draft when they acquired Nerlens Noel from New Orleans for All-Star guard Jrue Holiday.

  12. VDubble
    1. July 2013 at 09:46

    Jrue was good but think about it…was he really a great point guard or a 2-guard with handles playing point? Remember he was a 2 at UCLA and a lot of the scoring habit he did there simply transitioned to the NBA. Although he averaged 7 assists, he just didn’t seem to be a real floor general. Also, keep in mind, ET averaged 4.3 assists per game at SF position. ET has above average handles and can definitely, without a doubt handle the point while MCW learns. Jrue was a great guy I’m sure but really we shouldn’t be that sad to see him go. The problem for now was mentioned above, ET it seems has a horrible attitude. The front office needs to force him to change his body language and work on leadership. He’s a good player but his mindset needs refocusing.

  13. Theron Yates
    2. July 2013 at 06:48

    The Sixers selected Michael Carter-Williams with the No. 11 overall pick on Thursday night, giving them an athletic swingman to pair with Noel.

  14. Myron C. Elliott
    6. July 2013 at 16:03

    With the Andrew Bynum debacle seemingly behind them, the Sixers made a splash Thursday night in the NBA draft when they acquired Nerlens Noel from New Orleans for All-Star guard Jrue Holiday.

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