The Philadelphia 76ers went from being a playoff team on a miracle run last year to just another crappy team in 2013. But while things didn’t go their way and they finished near the bottom of the NBA, a spot that management was not happy about. So their focus turned fully towards making this team better than it’s ever been and a young team seems to be the answer.
So with the 11th overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, the Philadelphia 76ers selected Michael Carter Williams.
But the Sixers were active well before this pick as they had already made a trade with the New Orleans Pelicans to acquire Nerlens Noel in a deal that could end up changing the face and fortunes of the Sixers.
With guys like Evan Turner in town, the Sixers need help in their front court. But with Jrue Holliday traded to the Pelicans, there was then a need for backcourt assistance as well. There were rumors of the Sixers looking to trade up to get get top rated big man but a deal with the Kings fell through and doesn’t look like it will happen. The Kings picked up Ben McLemore who is a guy they may end up keeping and isn’t a guy that the Sixers have what it takes to acquire.
Nerlens Noel was once rated as the top overall pick in the draft but thanks to injury concerns, he slipped all the way to the New Orleans Pelicans at 6th overall. He didn’t stay there long though as the Pelicans will be sending him to the Sixers who now are hoping they won’t have to go through another knee nightmare with yet another player acquired in a trade.
Andrew Bynum was a bad idea, but Nerlens Noel is cheaper, younger and has a much better chance of bouncing back which means the future is a lot brighter than it was before tonight.