It has been a busy off season for the Philadelphia 76ers as General Manager Sam Hinkie is leaving his footprint on this franchise. The NBA Draft has past, an All Star point guard has been traded, free agency is winding down and Summer League has finished. I will give my grades on everything the Sixers have and haven’t done this summer.
What an interesting night this team had in Brooklyn. They headed into the night with the 11th pick and expected to take the best available or best big man left on the board. Boy were we wrong. As the first five picks went off the board the cameras were all over Nerlens Noel in the green room. The Pelicans then proceeded to take Noel with the 6th pick and the drama was over. Then the insiders began reporting that Noel and a 2014 first round pick was being dealt for Jrue Holiday. An absolutely stunning and risky move that will shake up the current team and help build towards the future. Holiday is coming off a great 2012 season but struggles with turnovers and may have hit his ceiling. Noel is awesome defensively but still needs to develop an offensive game, but more importantly he needs to get healthy as he is recovering from a torn ACL. The Sixers then proceeded to take Michael Carter-Williams to fill their point guard void. Carter-Williams averaged 12 points and 7 assists on a Syracuse team that went to the Final Four. Along with these two young guys, the Sixers have two first round picks in the coveted 2014 draft as long as New Orleans doesn’t get one of the first 5 picks.
The only movement they have made was to trade for Royce White and Turkish prospect Furkan Aldemir for future considerations. White was 16th overall pick in the 2012 by the Rockets, but did not play a minute for them due to multiple mental conditions and a fear of flying. White is a talent that clearly has many things to deal with, but if he can get the right help the Eastern Conference could be much better for him travel wise.
Its August 4th and the Sixers have still not named a head coach. They have missed out on Bryan Shaw and Mike Budenholzer and haven’t been creative like the Celtics and look to the college game. Philadelphia has interviewed Michael Curry, who was one of Doug Collins’s top assistants and the Sixers Summer League coach, Brett Brown, a San Antonio Assistant who has been a head coach in Australia and Blazers assistant David Vanterpool. Curry is the most familiar with roster, but Vanterpool seems to be the guy that intrigues them the most. Lets be honest most Sixers fans agree with Charles Barkley that it is a joke this team doesnt have a coach yet.