Too many young players plague the Philadelphia 76ers. But if the team uses picks 24 and 26 in the 2016 NBA Draft, a draft and stash would be a wise strategy.
You don’t know who will be at 24 or 26 of the 2016 NBA Draft until we get there. By then, it’s just too late to wing it. The Philadelphia 76ers must enter the draft knowing what they plan to do at the 24 and 26 picks.
It’s not enough to assume that the team can select a prospect and then assign that player to the developmental league with the Delaware 87ers. Other teams have walked to the gates of the 87ers and raided their roster before. There is no protection for any prospect to remain associated with the Philadelphia 76ers in the D-League.
So another strategy is called for. We know the method by heart. Draft a prospect with huge talent potential, and stash them overseas for a year or two while they round out their game and while the Philadelphia 76ers refines the lineup.
In the case of Dario Saric, there is a risk of a player maturing so well, that they continue to play overseas through their rookie phase of the NBA, to force a full priced contract upon their team when they truly are eligible. But for now, no matter what happens with Dario Saric and his decision to remain in Turkey for another season or to come to the United States and play in the NBA, there is still far too many young players on the Philadelphia 76ers roster for the comfort level of Bryan Colangelo. The Sixers will take the number one pick of the NBA draft, and then must decide what to do with the rest.
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Some prospects lend themselves better to a draft and stash scenario. Let’s review who might flourish in that strategy: