This week, for the most part, will be all about the draft. First, a quick review of 16th overall selections and what the average player drafted at this spot will bring to the table.
The Sixers currently have the 16th pick in the NBA Draft. That could change between now and June 23rd, but anyway with that pick we should gauge the value of the 16th overall pick.
We’ve had the 16th pick rather often – that “cycle” of mediocrity has given the Sixers the 16th pick twice in the last 10 years. Also, they traded 13 for 16 once, so really, the Sixers have had 3 chances at this pick. And you could argue that the team never drafted a good player in that span. Let’s look over the results. I’m going to cheat here a little bit, going over both the picks the Sixers actually made and the ones that they traded for.
Jiri Welsch – 16th overall, 2002. Well, we traded this pick immediately after making it to the Warriors. Welsch went on to have an unremarkable career and left after a few years to play overseas.
Rodney Carney – 16th overall, 2006. Was not drafted by the Sixers. Instead, they signed and traded Thabo Sefolosha (whom they drafted 13th) to the Bulls for Carney and cash. This trade did not work out for the Sixers, as Carney cannot seem to get a consistent chance in the league. I would argue that a chance is all he needs, since he does play defense and can shoot threes. Sefolosha, meanwhile, is a defensive specialist starting for the Thunder.
Marreese Speights – 16th overall, 2008. I don’t need to re-tell this story. He has all the talent in the world but, with a lack of a commitment to defense and conditioning, Speights’ role will continue to be inconsistent.
Now, let’s compare these three to other 16th overall picks.
John Stockton qualifies as the best 16th pick ever. The all-time assists leader provided tremendous value to the Jazz, and with Karl Malone was a force to be reckoned with in the West.
Following Stockton, on my list, is Ron Artest, drafted 16th in 1999. Other notables include Hedo Turkoglu, Alan Henderson, Tony Delk, Brevin Knight, Nick Young, and early 1990s Sixer-legend Dana Barros.
So the 16th pick has some potential for success. While it rarely provides superstars, it can give the team at that spot a decent player. The Sixers have missed on their picks here before, so hopefully they turn it around.