A New Direction for the 76ers

Michael Carter-Williams was drafted by the 76ers last night to replace Jrue Holiday at the point guard position.Many conversations over the last season and a half have not contained much hope for our beloved Philadelphia 76ers, but last night, new GM Sam Hinkie changed the entire franchise, and hopefully for the better. In the NBA, there are 3 types of teams. There are the championship contenders, the bottom dwellers, and the worst of the bunch, the middle teams who are in NBA Purgatory. Recently, our 76ers were in the worst category, in purgatory.

In the NBA, you need a superstar to compete on a high enough level to carry a team with a number of role players. By trading Jrue Holiday last night, Hinkie expressed that Jrue was not a superstar caliber player, or even the potential to be. The complete trade was consisted of Jrue Holiday and the 42nd overall pick being sent to the New Orleans Pelicans for 6th overall pick Nerlens Noel and a lottery protected first round pick next season. In essence, if the Hornets do not play well, the 76ers would not get their pick.

The 76ers then went ahead and drafted former Syracuse guard Michael Carter-Williams with the 11th overall pick.

Then, the 76ers finally hired their coach in former Spurs assistant Brett Brown. Brown is known as a superior talent development guy, which is perfect for what promises to be a very young team. That’s according to a New York Daily News report that so far has been denied by Hinkie.

To finish out the draft, the 76ers selected Glen Rice Jr., then traded him for two more second round picks. With the first of the picks, the 76ers  selected Nate Wolters whom they traded for Ricky Ledo. Ledo was then traded to the Dallas Mavericks for a future second round pick. With the 76ers last pick, they chose Iranian big man Arsalan Kazemi, who played his college ball at the University of Oregon.

At the end of the day the 76ers gained Nerlens Noel, Michael Carter-Williams, a 2014 first round pick, and a future second rounder. They lose Jrue Holiday. Holiday was undoubtedly the 76ers best player last season, and many believe he will be a great player in this league.

Personally, I think the 76ers and Sam Hinkie did a phenomenal job during the entire draft. They added two promising rookies, cleared cap space, added a first rounder in a deep draft class, and hired a coach. A week ago, this organization was being mocked, but obviously GM Sam Hinkie has a plan in which he is executing right before our eyes. Expect the 76ers to “tank” next season and try to get one of the top 3 picks in next years’ draft.

–Dragon Gate USA will be doing a CHIKARA tribute on its 7/28 show in New York at the Highline Ballroom, which is the building CHIKARA ran in.

 

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Josh Collacchi

Josh is what we like to call a "4 for 4" Philadelphia sports fan, who lives in northern Delaware. Season ticket holder to the Phillies and former season ticket holder for the Eagles, Sixers, and Flyers. Currently attending Wilmington University majoring in Business/Sports Management. He works for the local utility company but, as most of us, his real passion is Philadelphia Sports. Follow him on Twitter @JCollacchi