That’s right. “What” should the Sixers draft? There are two glaring holes on this roster: Scoring guard (perhaps forward) and interior presence. Most likely only one of those holes will be filled during the draft. The question is, which hole would be filled better?
It’s not that bad. The way I see it, you draft for one hole and trade Andre Iguodala for another one. Both holes seem equally important to me so the Sixers should probably just draft the best player that fills either hole.
But, if I had to pick, I would go with the interior presence. I would draft the big man. You don’t easily find good Power Forwards and especially Centers. That’s why Spencer Hawes is still in the league. Darko Milicic. Eddy Curry. Being tall and talented is rare so when you see a seven-footer able to run and dribble, you jump at it.
But this goes back to whether the Sixers can trade for the big man that they need. I don’t think so. I mean, the Sixers don’t need a superstar. I’ve said it before, they can keep up their balanced game. They just need a consistent scorer (especially in clutch situations) and a big man that can rebound, score, and defend. It sounds so simple and basic but that’s what the Sixers sorely lack.
Trade to get the scorer. Draft the big man. It’s possible Sixers could use Iguodala and the 15th pick to move up into the lottery, although I’m not sure if that would really happen. Anyway, what if the Sixers drafted AND traded for a big man? You got a Center and PF. The money available from amnestying Elton Brand could be used to sign a scorer. I just hope it isn’t used for two players on the current roster. In fact, my next post will talk about two specific players that I fear would be overpaid by the Sixers.
In the meantime, the Sixers know what they need. They just need to figure out how to get it.