The NBA Draft took place a couple days ago with a wildly unfamiliar sight: the Sixers did not have a top 5 pick. However, in a deeply talented draft class Sixers fans were excited at the possibilities they had at a still lucrative number 10 spot. After a somewhat surprising selection of Kevin Knox by the New York Knicks in the number 9 spot, the Sixers picked hometown hero Mikal Bridges from Villanova. Bridges seemed like exactly what the Sixers needed: three-point threat, good perimeter defender, and a mature player that could immediately be productive. I’ll be honest, because Bridges was from the local college and went to Great Valley High School, a short drive from my house, I was ecstatic when the Sixers selected him. My excitement quickly turned to frustration when I realized he had been traded for Texas Tech SG Zhaire Smith. At first, I was emotionally distraught but after learning the intricacies of the deal and the sky-high potential of Zhaire Smith, I came to the conclusion that we got a steal. The 2021 first round pick we attained from the deal can be a key piece in a potential trade for Kawhi Leonard or even a sign and trade for LeBron James. Brett Brown perfectly encapsulated the need for a star in the modern NBA and how this trade could be a key factor in obtaining a star. The Sixers also selected PG Landry Shamet from Wichita State who is a great shooter and Shake Milton out of SMU. Overall, I feel like this draft class can be described as a “wait and see” group because there seems to be no evident immediately productive player. However, the assets gained in this draft can be valuable in luring or trading for a superstar in the upcoming free agency.
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