Tue. Nov 24th, 2020

Should the Philadelphia 76ers consider trading up in 2020 NBA Draft? – Sixers Wire

Should the Philadelphia 76ers consider trading up in 2020 NBA Draft?  Sixers Wire

The basketball gods blessed the Philadelphia 76ers with the 21st overall pick in the draft due to the unexpected success of the Oklahoma City Thunder. Now that they have that pick, it gives general manager Elton Brand an asset to use in order to help his roster.

The Sixers did not come anywhere close to meeting expectations in the 2019-20 season and now is the time for them to evaluate things moving forward. The team has an awkward roster and they need to add some shooting in order to succeed on offense and to create space for Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid to operate.

They won’t be too active in free agency due to the lack of cap space after the big contracts given out to Tobias Harris and Al Horford, but maybe Brand can pull off a trade and move up in order to grab one of the shooters the 2020 draft presents. That would then require probably moving a guy like Josh Richardson or maybe even Matisse Thybulle to sweeten any deal.

Bleacher Report’s Preston Ellis suggests that the Sixers do move up in order to help the roster right now:

Philly possesses the 21st, 34th, 36th, 49th and 58th selections. The Sixers also still hold all of their future firsts except for 2020 (Brooklyn). If they want to add value this year, they can. Boston is always seemingly interested in acquiring future firsts, and at 14, Ainge might give the 76ers the win-now contributor they need.

Minnesota at No. 17 is another possibility if prodded. If interested in moving Matisse Thybulle in favor of a shooter (possibly Nesmith), Philly might be able to climb as high as No. 13, which New Orleans holds.

While staying put at 21 is not the worst idea in the world and there will be options there such as Charleston’s Grant Riller or Stanford’s Tyrell Terry, but there are obviously better prospects at the front of the draft rather than where Philadelphia is set to pick. A guy like Vanderbilt’s Aaron Nesmith or TCU’s Desmond Bane would be great options for the Sixers in order to make this roster succeed.