In recent years the Sixers draft has been received with a shurg. Not awful, not great, but nothing Sixers fans could really get excited ahout. That all changed Thursday as new Sixers general manager Sam Hinkie, in his first draft with the team, had potentially a franchise defining draft. While it looks like it was a slam dunk, what are the experts saying?
Keith Pompey from the Philadelphia Inquierer is still in disbelief.
Admit it. You’re still in shock. Me too. No one outside of the 76ers’ NBA draft war room, anticipated the moves new general manager Sam Hinkie and his staff made Thursday night during the draft. Anyone who says otherwise isn’t telling the truth
John Smallwood of the Philadelphia Daily News says we now know why Hinkie was keeping hush regarding his plans for the draft
OK, SO MAYBE this is why new Sixers president and general manager Sam Hinkie has been lost in a basketball black hole since he was hired in May. To pull off what Hinkie did last night in the draft probably would have required a lot of solitude and undivided attention. Of course, unless he had the clearest crystal ball in history, there is no way Hinkie could have anticipated the series of falling dominoes that allowed him to produce the Sixers' biggest culture change since they traded Allen Iverson in 2006. But at this juncture, the devil of the details isn't important. The point is that when the opportunity presented itself, Hinkie swung for the fences and appears to have hit a walkoff grand slam.
Sam Hinkie has guts.
In the course of an hour or so, Hinkie mashed the reset button and changed the direction of the franchise. The Sixers sent their best player, Jrue Holiday, and a second-round pick in Thursday’s draft (42nd overall) to the New Orleans Pelicans for Kentucky center Nerlens Noel and a first-round pick in the 2014 draft (see story). Then the Sixers used the 11th pick in the draft to grab Syracuse point guard Michael Carter-Williams
Here is what we know: Jrue Holiday turned 23 years old this month. Last year, as a 22-year-old, he averaged team-highs of 17.7 points and 8.0 assists, and was actually the only player in the entire league to average at least 17 points and 8 dimes. In fact, Jrue was only the second player in 76ers franchise history to average at least 17 and 8 over the course of a full season, joining the immortal Wilt Chamberlain, who matched that feat back in 1967-68.
Here’s what we don’t know: How good will Nerlens Noel be.
Noel has an enormous upside. As detailed above, he was the presumptive top pick in the (admittedly weak) draft. He was the first collegiate player in 16 years to average 9 boards, 4 blocks, 2 steals and shoot at least 59 percent from the field. However, his offensive game needs a ton of work, and the real question is whether or not his body can withstand the rigors of an 82-game season.
The other huge X-Factor for the 76ers is the first-round pick they plucked from the Pelicans. The 2014 draft will have elite talent at the top, but the selection is top-five protected.
Trading a gifted, young point guard, in a PG-league, is a major gamble by newly installed GM Sam Hinkie. It looks shaky on paper right now, but of course we’ll have to check back years down the road in order to pass final judgment.
Read more at http://www.hoopsworld.com/the-losers-of-the-2013-nba-draft#e4TISid352dxgpkh.99
in terms of building a championship roster, what is Holiday? Sure, he was an All-Star this year, a distinction he absolutely earned, albeit in an Eastern Conference watered down by injury. At the loaded point guard position, is he elite? Very good? Some other extremely vague term? I don't know, but a 2013 second half where his shooting numbers (and frankly, overall play) dropped precipitously needs to be taken into account. Don't get me wrong, as Holiday is still a valuable piece for any franchise to have. He's just not the valuable piece.
The addition of All-Star Jrue Holiday and rookie Pierre Jackson bolsters an already solid group and gives the club its deepest collection of perimeter talent in years.
A starting duo of Eric Gordon and Holiday would rank among the best young tandems in the NBA. Throw in Greivis Vasquez as the third guard and you have a trio of young guards that can compete with anyone in the NBA.
Twitter also was full of discussion, with one current Sixer in complete shock
Wait, did Jrue get traded?— evan turner (@thekidet) June 28, 2013
When are we gonna find out why Nerlens Noel slipped to 6? What happened? One of the single strangest draft slides I can remember.— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) June 28, 2013
If in fact Sixers trading for Noel, trust me, his knee is just fine. Got bad read on Bynum - his knees shot. Great move, even for Jrue.— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) June 28, 2013
Michael Carter-Williams and Nerlens Noel will end up being an excellent duo for the Philadelphia 76ers. They have a very bright future.— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) June 28, 2013
I guess when you're an average or below average basketball fan and you hear Noel & MCW's names you just assume theyre great.— Joe Younes (@JoeYounes975) June 28, 2013