With a little more than 24 hours before the NBA Draft I’m sure the phones of team president Rod Thorn and GM Ed Stefanski have been ringing incessantly about the availability of small forward Andre Iguodala “and other players”. And while the Sixers have remained tight-lipped on what their plans are for tomorrow night’s draft – despite Rod Thorn stating the no trade is “imminent” the Sixers are looking to make a major move.
We anticipated a draft day trade last year when the Sixers selected Evan Turner, but the Sixers stood pat and Doug Collins’ young team improved beyond what many expected – progressing at a rate that makes Iguodala all the more expendable.
The Sixers selection at #16 may give us a glimpse into who we may be getting in return for Iguodala and then again it may give us nothing. The draft or let’s say NBA GMs are funny like that. Both trade rumors for Monta Ellis and Chris Kamaan have calmed down but still seem to have legs. Is the Rudy Gay deal still a possibility? The Sixers need scoring and low post punch, they have a bargaining chip and the picks to get both. Question is which do you use to address which position?
As far as who the Sixers selection, we’ll have to wait for that to play out tomorrow night. The majority of the NBA mock drafts have the Sixers going big, while two consistent names keep showing up. Philly native Markeiff Morris from Kansas whose stock seems to have gone up and looks to be high on the Pistons list at #8 after an exceptional workout yesterday. Morris impressed the Sixers last week with his workout, but do they like him enough to trade up to get him at #8?
The other is Jordan Hamilton, a 6’8” shooter from Texas who has exceptional range and would help the Sixers struggles on the perimeter. Other names mentioned are: Donatas Motiejunas, PF, Lithuania, Chris Singleton, SF, Florida, Tristan Thompson, F, Texas, Nikola Vucevic, C, USC. A player that I would be curious to see in a Sixers uniform is Bismack Biyombo, PF, Fuenlabrada (Spain). Biyombo is as raw as they come offensively, but is a very polished shot blocker. At 6’9” 240 lbs. Biyombo has a 7’6” wingspan and would instantly help the Sixers interior defense. Mock drafts have him going anywhere from #5 to #15.