We're just two weeks away from watching Sam Hinkie tapdance on the slumbering old faces of the league's non-Houston GMs at the NBA Draft. I've got my kettle corn and my dry-erase white board with ample colored markers at the ready. The Sixers have picks 11, 35, and 42, but I'd bet my calculator they don't simply make their picks and get home in time to catch the end of Maid in Manhattan.
Rumor from Hoopsworld is they're trying to trade into the back end of the first round, perhaps to scoop up a big man like Lucas Nogueira out of Brazil or Mouhammadou Jaiteh out of the French Spelling Bee. Would I love this? Yes, I would love this. But the Sixers don't have many assets with which they can maneuver back into the late first, especially with the first round debts owed to Miami and Orlando over the next forty-or-so years.
It's been many moons since the Sixers picked up an international player in the draft and stayed with him (Petteri Koponen forever), so I'd be extremely pumped about using a late first on one of these long imports from someplace.
Mocks continue to peg the Sixers with nondescript big men at #11, but I continue to believe they won't draft for need. As I tweeted yesterday, they don't need anything -- they need everything. Who would you want them to nab at the end of the first?
14 days until we find out who we'll be welcoming into the fold. I've baked a pie. Hope you like NUMBERS PIE, BITCHES.