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  • GLAlexander

    The Sixers are starting to border on the Ted Stepien era of the Cavs. They really have only 2 NBA rotation caliber players on the whole team (T Young, MCW) I guess they have tons of cap room and a high pick in the draft, but what superstar free agent would go there now? Buying out Granger will just leave them a bad 2nd round pick for Turner.

  • Stewburtx8

    • 2012 FanDuel WFBC Finalist

    I think they are doing things exactly the right way. The NBA is a league where mediocrity is the worst place to be. You need to bottom out and get lucky in the lottery.

    Draft Jabari Parker or Andrew Wiggins in the top 3. Then they also have the Hornets first round pick (top 5 protected) which would currently be 11th overall. That could net them someone like Noah Vonleh or another pretty good player.

    MCW, Parker/Wiggins, Noel, Vonleh, and maybe Thad Young (plus a lot of cap space and 2nd round picks) could make up one of the best young cores in the NBA. 2-3 years down the road they certainly could become a landing spot for a max free agent.

  • looningabout

    i’m from philly and as a lifelong sixers fan i’m all in favor of what the teams doing. i think it’s fair to say the current NBA system is flawed, and tanking is the most viable option for bottom-of-the-barrel teams to significantly improve (i also think the league would benefit from consolidation but that’s another conversation). after the sixer’s fire sale before the trade deadline, GM Sam Hinkie did interviews with local sports radio shows and i really appreciated that he was open about the rebuilding/tanking process and didn’t dodge questions about it. as for all the cap space and all the money that will be available next season, Hinkie was hesitant about spending aggressively in free agency, and instead focused on building around a young nucleus (MCW, Noel, and next years draft class). even with a top tier free agent, the sixers aren’t a contender in the next two years so i prefer the rebuilding approach. as for granger, Brett Brown and sixer’s management have been meeting with him over the last few days discussing what his role might be with the team. as i see it, the options are he’s bought out, or he’s signed for a year or two and gets a chance to showcase his game on a bad team – a la Turner this year – and hopefully sign with a contender in the future

  • looningabout

    i just read the OP before responding and missed Stewburt’s post. looks like we agree on a lot, didn’t mean to parrot your post. i’m hoping for parker/wiggins with our first pick but i kind of like doug mcdermott if vonieh isn’t around

  • iconfantasyJoe

    Wroten is a player too. Evan Turner is god awful, trading him is addition by subtraction. Shame they busted on that pick though, it’s fun to imagine Cousins playing for the Sixers averaging 600 fantasy points and 2 technicals per game. Or Paul George screaming at all his teammates and developing a drug habit just to cope with being one of the best defenders of this generation stuck on a team that refuses play defense.

    I do remember everyone saying that the Sixers blew it in with that pick because “Turner is overrated and can’t do anything great, but could be a serviceable rotation player on a good team.” Well if that wasn’t spot on, then I don’t know what is and I don’t even watch college ball.

  • Stewburtx8

    • 2012 FanDuel WFBC Finalist

    @looningabout said…

    i just read the OP before responding and missed Stewburt’s post. looks like we agree on a lot, didn’t mean to parrot your post. i’m hoping for parker/wiggins with our first pick but i kind of like doug mcdermott if vonieh isn’t around

    No worries. I’m also a lifelong Sixers fan. I live about an hour outside the city.

    I absolutely LOVE Doug McDermott. There is no one more enjoyable to watch in college basketball right now. But I think he HAS to play the 3 spot in the NBA. Parker/Wiggins are likely 3’s as well. So I’m not sure how he would fit in a lineup with either of them.

  • easternmh

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    I’d personally take embiid #1 or they gonna play nerlins at the 5?

    Wiggins seems to inconsistent and disinterested at times. Parker I love him would take him in a second but embiid is just a freak

  • Stewburtx8

    • 2012 FanDuel WFBC Finalist

    @easternmh said…

    I’d personally take embiid #1 or they gonna play nerlins at the 5?Wiggins seems to inconsistent and disinterested at times. Parker I love him would take him in a second but embiid is just a freak

    Nerlens Noel is most likely a 5. He’s 6’11” with ridiculous length and jumping ability.

    The Sixers need a superstar in my opinion, a guy who can get you 25+ a night. Honestly, I don’t see that in Embiid. The NBA is no longer a big man’s league, yet analysts and draft “experts” continue to rank big men over more talented players at other positions. Just my opinion.

  • looningabout

    @Stewburtx8 said…

    No worries. I’m also a lifelong Sixers fan. I live about an hour outside the city.

    I absolutely LOVE Doug McDermott. There is no one more enjoyable to watch in college basketball right now. But I think he HAS to play the 3 spot in the NBA. Parker/Wiggins are likely 3’s as well. So I’m not sure how he would fit in a lineup with either of them.

    I agree McDermott is a 3. Personally, I favor Wiggins over Parker in the long run and think he can play the 2 guard. I love the idea of having a dynamic swingman like him with a shooter and player of McDermott’s caliber on the floor at the same time. I also like the height advantage that a backcourt of MCW and Wiggins gives you. Obviously this is my dream scenario and the stars would have to align for it to happen

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