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.