There was a lot of commotion this weekend, with the 76ers making a move with Boston to trade up to the #1 spot, most likely taking Markelle Fultz when the first pick is announced on Thursday night. What fans might not know, is that the 76ers possess a plethora of 2nd round picks for this draft, as well (#36, #39, #46, #50). What are the routes that they can go down with these assets?
Option 1: Not Keeping All 4 Picks. It would seem that the 76ers aren’t done dealing according to multiple reports. They should be thinking about sneaking into the late first round. They still have Jahlil Okafor who is still majorly on the trading block, and if the 76ers combine him with two second rounders, them sneaking into the 15-25 range is very plausible. If they were to secure a pick in that spot, they should target Terrance Ferguson (shooting guard who played overseas), Frank Jackson (Duke) or Donovan Mitchell (Louisville) if he slides.
Option 2: Guards and Shooters. There’s no problem in taking all four players and letting them grow their skills, but you can’t expect all of them to be on the roster for opening night. There are some prospects that definitely catch scouts’ eyes in the second round. In the 36 and 39 picks, Josh Hart (Villanova), Tyler Dorsey (Oregon), Dwayne Bacon (Florida St,), Semi Ojeleye (SMU) and PJ Dozier (South Carolina) are all good options. #46 and #50 are much more unpredictable in that the 76ers could go in many different directions.
Option 3: Draft & Stash. Ah, the Hinkie special. Actually, Bryan Colangelo did this last year with pick #26 taking Furkan Korkmaz, who is still playing overseas in Turkey, but could potentially play on the 76ers squad this upcoming season. The only real issue with that strategy for the 76ers this year is that many of the international players are centers. The 76ers are loaded at the center spot, but it wouldn’t be a surprise to see them snag an international player later in the draft.
Bryan Colangelo has temporarily won over the tough Philly fans as of now. They seem to believe that Colangelo got the win in the trade with the Boston Celtics. This draft and free agency is where he can being to cement his legacy, if he gets it right. Anticipate all three of these strategies being used come late in the evening on Thursday night.