Does Sam Hinkie Need To Learn When To Hold Em?

5 of 7

Apr 30, 2015; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks guard Michael Carter-Williams (5) defends during the game against the Chicago Bulls in game six of the first round of the NBA Playoffs at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Chicago won 120-66. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Michael Carter-Williams

Michael Carter-Williams has already been mentioned in this article. He was the player selected after the Sixers traded away Jrue Holiday.  He also happened to be the 2013-14 NBA Rookie Of The Year.  So what was the problem?

Well, he was a point guard who could score.  And the trade was shocking, none moreso than the player himself

So the decision was unexpected, but was it unwarranted? MCW was a point guard with strengths and weaknesses. He shot 26.03% on his jump shots, a league low. And he coughed up the ball 4.2 times a game. On a team with plenty of talent, those weaknesses can be overlooked. On a team trying to rebuild, it’s the type of ball insecurity that plagues a team with less ability to compensate.

The reward to the Sixers?  The Los Angeles Lakers first round pick, top five protected in 2015, top three protected in 2016 and 2017, and falls to unprotected in 2018.   While the pick would have been superb if the Sixers had hit in 2015 and been in the hunt for D’Angelo Russell at three, and Emmanuel Mudiay at six or seven.

Ah… but the words of the guru work well here.  You only go with what you know at the time.   MCW may be a significant NBA player in his career, but the sense we all have is wrong fit with what the team is attempting to do now.

Sixers grade:  B+

Next: K.J. McDaniels