The 2014 NBA Draft is finally here, and I want to take a short amount of time to address the final do’s and do not’s of the NBA Draft for the Sixers. In this years draft the Sixers own the 3rd, 10th, 32nd, 39th, 47th, 52nd, and 54th picks. Now I am sure that not all seven picks will stay with them, as many, many moves will be made all around the league in this years’ draft. But for right now, lets try and imagine that they do keep all seven picks.
First off we will start with the things that the 76ers should do come draft time. Philly needs to draft a shooter, something that I have already talked about in previous posts. The Sixers need a knockdown shooter to open up the floor and the lane for MCW. Take a shot at McDermott at No. 10 if he is still there, if not maybe Nik Stauskas, or Gary Harris. If the Sixers go against a shooter at 10, this draft is very deep and then could go with the 32nd or 39th pick and take Russ Smith, or even later on with their 47th or 52nd pick, maybe LaQuinton Ross. But whatever route they go, one of their group of picks, either earlier or later, need to go to drafting someone they think will be able to stroke it from downtown.
Next thing for the Sixers will be to draft someone that will be able to play alongside Nerlens Noel. There is a good chance that Thad Young could be shipped, and even if he isn’t, I am talking more of a post presence underneath. I think they need to do this with their early second-round picks, NOT their early first-round picks. The only way they draft this position that would be acceptable early in the first round would be a Julius Randle, if and only if, they feel he is healthy enough to be ready for the season. If they don’t or the choose not to go with Randle, this draft has enough talent to find someone early in the second round. Some names that come to mind for me are Mitch McGary, Patric Young, Jerami Grant, or even a DeAndre Daniels from UConn, could end up being something special. Not all All-Star caliber players will be found in the first round.
The final thing the Sixers should do in this draft is if able to, try and trade up, or make a strong selection at No. 3, to draft someone that they think can turn into a franchise player. Whether it be trading up and drafting Andrew Wiggins, or Jabari Parker. Whether it be Dantè Exum, thinking that the can play alongside MCW. If the 76ers do not think they can get a franchise player with their third pick, and it is not possible to trade up, I think they need to get as many more draft picks as they can. Whether it be trading the third pick away, or even packaging it up to do the unthinkable and try and lure a big name to Philly. LeBron James, Kevin Love, Carmelo Anthony are all big name free agents that could bring championship aspirations to the young players on this roster. Yes I know, that is a very, very, very long shot, but my point is that if they can’t see their third pick being a franchise player, don’t waste it on someone that could just be an average player.