Sixers podcast: NBA Mock Draft round-up, Thybulle & Maxey trade value

On this episode of The Sixer Sense Podcast, co-hosts Lucas Johnson and Christopher Kline begin with a discussion of the NBA Finals. Phoenix put together a commanding Game 1 victory, and the Bucks have a tough road of adjustments and personnel battles ahead. One of our hosts, however, is sticking with Bucks in seven.

Then, the conversation moves to Philadelphia, and more specifically, who the Sixers might target in this month’s NBA Draft. Christopher breaks down various prospects mocked to Philly with the 28th pick, while Lucas shares his love of a certain West Virginia point guard.

In keeping with recent tradition, Ben Simmons plays a big part in this episode. Rather than talk about the beleaguered star, however, Lucas and Chris rank six potential trade targets who have been linked — either tangibly or hypothetically — to Ben Simmons. Gordon Hayward, De’Aaron Fox, CJ McCollum, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Malcolm Brogdon, and Zach LaVine are all on the table. Who earns the No. 1 spot?

After Tuesday’s episode, there was some debate in the Sixer Sense group chat over the value of Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, and whether Tyrese Maxey and Matisse Thybulle would be worth giving up in such a trade. Lucas and Chris take the debate a step further, and argue over the delicate balance between long-term upside and short-term contention.

Tyrese Maxey and Matisse Thybulle are exciting young players, but should the Sixers trade them if the right deal comes along?

Are Maxey and Thybulle overrated by the Sixers fanbase? Would it behoove Philadelphia to trade them for the likes of Gilgeous-Alexander, Brogdon, or Hayward? All that and more are touched on in the most passionate section of the pod.

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