There has been some discussion about where our second first-round pick will be by the end of the season. The Pelicans currently have the 11th worst record, essentially meaning we would pick 11th. Since we want them to finish with the 6th worst record and have them not move up in the lottery, some are talking about the Pelicans being "too good." With Ryan Anderson and Jrue Holiday out for the season, they have been able to not be bad thanks solely to Anthony Davis, a future hall of famer.
The idea I'd like to reinforce is how deep this draft is. The way I see it, unless the Pelicans go on a crazy run, I'd be happy with whoever we choose, as long it is one of the following prospects. After glancing at mocks, this is basically who I'd want the Sixers to pick, with some guys moving up, down, or out come draft time (I put this together quickly so there may be significant movement needed):
1. Andrew Wiggins SF Kansas, Freshman
2. Jabari Parker PF Duke, Freshman
3. Joel Embiid C Kansas, Freshman
4. Dante Exum PG/SG Australian Institute of Sport, International
5. Julius Randle PF Kentucky, Freshman
6. Marcus Smart PG Oklahoma State, Sophomore
7. Noah Vonleh C Indiana, Freshman
8. Gary Harris SG Michigan State, Sophomore
9. Dario Saric PF Cibona Zagreb, International
10. Kyle Anderson SF UCLA, Sophomore
11. Zach LaVine G UCLA, Freshman
12. Doug McDermott PF Creighton, Senior
13. Aaron Gordon PF Arizona, Freshman
14. James Young SG/SF Kentucky, Freshman
15. Clint Capela PF/C Chalon, International
16. Jusuf Nurkic C Cedevita, International
17. Wayne Selden SG Kansas, Freshman
18. Jerami Grant SF Syracuse, Sophomore
19. P.J. Hairston SG Texas Legends, Junior
20. Tyler Ennis PG Syracuse, Freshman
21. Rodney Hood SF Duke, Sophomore
22. Montrezl Harrell PF/C Louisville, Sophomore
That's 21 prospects I wouldn't mind having. Yeah, there are tiers. But once you start getting past the second tier, which I think consensus would say comprises Randle, Smart, and Vonleh, the names start running together as to who has the most potential for the Sixers.
The Pelicans would have to move out of the lottery and down an additional 9 spots for me to be disappointed with where we are in the draft with our second first-round pick. That's pretty amazing, and it speaks to depth of this draft. Drafts have hype that sometimes turns out be right, but many times it ends up being overblown. The hype for this draft is legitimate, with both true star talent and plain old solid NBA player talent.
Would it be best to have the 6th pick? Indubitably. I'm not concerned about it though.