Well by now we all know the direction that the Philadelphia 76ers are heading. South. Way south. The team is in rough shape, and has lost its lone all-star via trade. So now what? Now, the Sixers rebuild, and retool for the future, and they have already began the process. They have brought in perhaps the player with the most upside in this years draft, Nerlens Noel. Also, the team has acquired a top-five protected draft pick for next years draft along with the pick that they will already have. The future is bright for sure, but what about now?
It is exciting to think about what is to come for the Sixers, but fans need to get a grip on what next year is going to be like. It’s going to be bad. Bobcat bad. The team is going to be among the worst in the NBA, and will be aiming to receive the number 1 overall pick. The next question that is raised is why tank for Wiggins? This is an easy one to answer. Wiggins is perhaps the best talent to come out of the draft since LeBron James. He has similar skills to all-star Kevin Durant. Wiggins is long, and athletic, and can get to the basket pretty much anytime he wants to. He is a can’t miss talent, and deserves all the hype has been getting recently.
While “tanking” for Andrew Wiggins seems like a great idea, it could easily back-fire. Nothing is guaranteed with the NBA draft, it is not the NFL. They have a lottery system where each team gets more of chance for the top pick due to a worse record. Furthermore, if the Sixers are indeed the worst team in the league next year, they are not guaranteed Wiggins on their team. Say the Sixers end up slipping out of the top five, then what? Or what if the Sixers somehow win a decent amount of games and do not get a top pick. While some are quick to call new gm Sam Hinkie an “evil genius” his plan isn’t at all guaranteed to work at all.
Don’t get me wrong I’m all for the direction the 76ers are going in, but people need to realize that even if we have the worst record in the league, we aren’t guaranteed Andrew Wiggins. A bad stretch of basketball is ahead for the team, but the hope is that it will pay off in the future. Sixers fans have the right to be excited about the direction they are heading for as it is a much needed fresh start. However with the style of the NBA draft, fans should be careful what the wish for in terms of “tanking for Wiggins.”