Dr.J during the 2014 NBA Lottery
Sam Hinkie was in the driver’s seat. There were three top picks in this year’s draft and he had the third draft pick. He could choose from whoever was available at number three and it would be a great move.
Then Joel Embiid had to break his damn foot..
Who know’s what Sam Hinkie is going to do now. John Gonzalez thinks he should trade Micheal Carter-Williams to the Lakers for the seventh pick, then trade Thaddeus Young for a draft pick in the middle of the first round. I stand by my favorite proposed trade. Oh, what’s that? You haven’t heard about that one yet?
First things first, let’s start by addressing the rumor that MCW and Thaddeus Young would go to Los Angeles for the Lakers seventh pick and Steve Nash’s contract. Here’s what Ben Detrick had to say about that trade in one paragraph.
“If Hinkie snaked two first-rounders from New Orleans for Jrue Holiday a year ago, why would he trade a younger player with a higher ceiling and a vastly better contract for … one first-rounder? All while also giving up a useful trade chip in Young? And taking back Nash’s “Eff You, Pay Me” [$9.7] million for next season? If that occurs, expect Hinkie to rip off his plastic face, Mission: Impossible–style, to reveal the cackling skull of a Billy King turducken critter.”
So, what if Sam Hinkie offered those same players, plus a second rounder or two to Orlando for the fourth pick? Orlando would have to add Jameer Nelson to match Thaddeus Young’s contract. Aaron Afflalo has reportedly just been traded, otherwise he would’ve been an ideal candidate. Victor Oladipo’s skills might be best utilized as a shooting guard while MCW could slide in as the new point guard. The two said they enjoyed playing with each other at the Rising Stars Challenge. The Magic might not bite, but isn’t it worth a shot?
Next, draft Dante Exum and Noah Vonleh. You would then have two young players with a tremendous upside that can take their merry old time to develop. Noel now has a partner in the paint to compliment him. Vonleh is big enough to guard the opposing team’s center but can also shoot from three point range and spread the floor. He’s arguably the best power forward prospect in this year’s draft. Julius Randle might have been more productive but Vonleh might be the better prospect and it’s not just because of his far superior wing span and Go Go Gadget hands.
The talk about Exum is that he is MCW part 2. Depending on who you talk to Dante has a quicker first step. The main difference between MCW and Dante, is that Exum is almost four years younger than MCW. That gives Dante four more years to work on the same flaws he shares with MCW, mainly a suspect jump shot. That’s also four more years to develop till he becomes the same age as MCW, which means he’s got that much more upside.
The only issue that I have with this trade is that it leaves the Sixers with fewer assets to move the tenth draft pick into the top eight. If you stay at ten, you walk away with Nik Staukas, Garry Harris, James Young or Zach LaVine. If you move into the top eight you are guaranteed to be left with Marcus Smart, Julius Randle or Aaron Gordon.
Such is life, it is a cruel world we live in. The effort in producing a Hinkie-worthy trade is still there none the less. After all, a team with Exum, Vonleh, Noel and the tenth draft pick, might be a decent consolation prize for a Wiggin-less Sixers team and their fans.