The Philadelphia 76ers have only made one really good trade with the Boston Celtics.
This is a continuation of the series of articles covering the best trade the Philadelphia 76ers have made with each team. This article will focus on the best deal struck between the Sixers and the Boston Celtics.
It’s fair to say that the Celtics have been one of the 76ers biggest rivals in the NBA. With that in mind, it’s not surprising to learn that there have only been three trades between the two historic franchises. What’s even more surprising is that all three trades occurred after the turn of the century.
For those worrying that I will say that the Markelle Fultz trade was the best one, don’t worry I won’t. That trade was clearly the worst. The best one was the most recent trade made and it happened during the 2019 NBA Draft.
The best trade ever between Philly and Boston was…
Matisse Thybulle has proven to be the best defensive player in the draft thus far and has the potential to make an All-Defensive team in the future, despite his currently limited offensive skills. Giving up the 24th and 33rd picks that turned into Ty Jerome and Carsen Edwards has been a steal for Philly to move up to the 20th spot to get Thybulle.
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Jerome and Edwards have struggled as point guards in their first season. Both have seen time playing in the G-League and haven’t impressed when they have played in the NBA. Thybulle, on the other hand, has seen consistent playing time as a rookie on a contending team.
As of now, he has a much higher ceiling than either of the guards that were traded for him. Philly won this trade, but it should be noted that the Celtics made a move after the trade with the Sixers.
After acquiring Jerome, they traded Jerome and reserve center Aron Baynes for a top-7 protected 2020 first round pick from the Phoneix Suns. At this moment it looks like that pick will convey as a lottery pick. The only way it doesn’t go to Boston is if Phoenix wins a top-3 pick in the lottery. Even though the initial trade appears to be bad for the Celtics, they still might end up getting value out of this deal down the road thanks to that subsequent trade.
This could change over time, but right now, the Philadelphia 76ers clearly got the best part of the Thybulle trade with the Celtics.