Next season, the Sixers will finally get to see their flat-top hero that is Nerlens Noel return to the hardwood. After trading away Jrue Holiday for him in the 2013 NBA Draft, he will (hopefully) take the court this upcoming November. Nerlens was touted as the best prospect in last years draft but fortunately slipped to No. 6 in the draft due to an ACL injury a couple months beforehand.
As many Sixers fans know, this years draft class is supposed to be loaded with potential studs. The Sixers own the No. 2 and No. 10 slots in the lottery. Personally, I hope to draft hyper-athletic, incredibly bouncy, wingspan-longer-than-a-pterodactyl Andrew Wiggins with whatever top pick we get. A lot of the Sixers fan base really like the automatic scoring weapon Jabari Parker. A lesser amount of people hope the Sixers draft the Aussie sensation Dante Exum. No matter who the Sixers draft, they will likely end up with a very good player.
After the season Michael Carter-Williams had, he is most likely going to win the Rookie of the Year award. Other challengers to the award would include Victor Oladipo from the Orlando Magic and honestly that should be the only other challenger. Trey Burke missed a nice portion of the season and Mason Plumlee didn’t play enough minutes for a playoff team to really be in the running.
With all this said, let me get to my original point: Could the Sixers have two Rookie of the Year Candidates for next year?
In league history, there have only been three occurrences where there was more than one winner of the ROY award. The last time was in the 1999-2000 season when Steve Franchise and the beloved ex-Sixer Elton Brand won it.
So throw in one of Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker or Dante Exum along with Nerlens Noel and Michael Carter-Williams; the combination of one of those three with Noel and MCW already has me salivating.
It’s not an asinine thought that the Sixers could potentially have two ROY candidates, but what might be a little bit egregious is that the Sixers could have two winners next year.
No matter who the Sixers draft, it is almost a guarantee that they will be entered into the starting lineup on
opening night. Nerlens Noel will be starting at center and the Sixers will still run a very fast-paced offense. It will be a long off season, but with Sam Hinkie at the helm, it is sure to be an interesting one. Get ready for the roller coaster, folks.