The NBA draft is coming up – June 22!!!
A while back, I brought out in a post here that
- the consensus is the Markelle Fultz is the best prospect in the draft – the dude can create offense, move without the ball, has a great handle and can pass, has a great outside shot and can play defense. He is a “full package”. Every other player has weaknesses. Fultz is the most likely to evolve into an elite NBA player.
- The Celtics have the number 1 pick, but don’t really need a player like Fultz. They are already well stocked with very talented guards
- The Sixers are drafting 3rd, and while they will get a great player at 3, that player may not be a great fit for the Sixers. This quote says it all
(Most likley pick Josh) Jackson’s shaky ball skills and jumper may not help a team like Philadelphia in need of offense. Jayson Tatum would force the Sixers to play big with Simmons, Joel Embiid and Dario Saric when the rest of the league is going small. De’Aaron Fox’s ball-dominant style and poor shooting clash with Simmons. Malik Monk fits, but he isn’t worth selecting as high as No. 3
- Fultz is the guy that the Sixers need, but the Sixers have no chance to get him at 3.
It is logical, therefore, that the Sixers might try to do a deal with the Celtics to trade up and get Fultz. Getting Fultz would give the Sixers an amazing core group – Embiid, Simmons and Fultz. Young, but amazing. And the Sixers already have other bright prospects like Dario, Roco, etc. The team starts to look pretty exciting. Not just playoff bound (that is likely with just Simmons and Embiid playing full seasons). But going beyond the first round and perhaps over time, challenging a team like the Warriors.
The question is what are the “other considerations”? So far, they appear not to include any players. Instead, the Sixers might be offering other picks — and the Celtics are stockpiling picks. Would the Sixers send their next year Lakers first round pick? The 2019 first round Kings pick? No doubt the Celtics would like both. But would it be worth it? The deal would be golden for one of the two in my view).. Here is the argument for doing “whateverr it takes” to get Fultz. And it looks like the Sixers iwll deal the unprotected Lakers pick in next year’s draft.
Here is an assessment of the potential trade from the Celtics perspective. That assessment is generally favorable, and the main risk factor from giving Fultz to the Sixers might be enabling a dangerous competitor. Hmmm …. that is music to Sixer fan ears!
Sixers Beat says that it is unlikely that the deal will fall apart at this stage!