It was our first non-Sam Hinkie draft since Doug Collins' Sixers shocked us (not in a good way or even a bad way, just in a funnnnn? way) by drafting Moe Harkless and then trading a future first to get back into the first round for none other than franchise cornerstone Arnett Moultrie at #27.
Three years of Hinkie exerting his Processy will over each draft -- the Jrue trade, the Elfrid trade, the Tokoto selection -- and we were saddled once again with a retread GM with a spotty draft record in Bryan Colangelo.
I didn't know what to expect at all. Over tea in my breakfast nook, we can discuss how rumor-breaking on Twitter is all agenda based and often wildly misinformed or outright fabricated. But when shit is going down, you've been holding in pee for 90 minutes just waiting for a break in the action (NO BREAKS), and you're refreshing Twitter just to do something with your hands, there's no time for rational thought. Each rumor -- by whatever source -- is to be handled in the following manner:
So it was with a dangerously full bladder and a jammed Caps Lock key that we all reacted to a possible trade of Nerlens Noel, Robert Covington, the 24th pick, and the 26th pick for either Kris Dunn at #3 or Kris Dunn #5 with the anger of a Jerami Grant weakside block.
I don't care if you're quoting Dave Matthews Band or Drake -- that would've been too much. But the talks died down, Bryan Colangelo folded his copy of "Man Of Action: The Humbly Well-Dressed Colangelo Tale" into his father's waistband, and calmly prepared to make the selections at #24 and #26 he said he didn't want to make in the first place.
And you know what? It fucking ruled.
There's time to sort out what to do with Jahlil and Nerlens, just as there's time to find a point guard in free agency or via trade (Ricky Rubio? Patrick Beverley?). Tinkering will happen over the next few weeks and months. Some of our beloved Process members that found themselves on this shirt slash headstone will leave us in favor of veteranny veterans with veteran leadership and veteran instincts. That's all to come.
But for one night, the fractured Sixers front office got together and gave us the results we wanted. Process-wise, it was likely terrifying dogshit. That doesn't matter anymore. We can't fall back on the pillowy comfort of The Process anymore. What we do have are four facts: Ben Simmons is a Sixer. Timothe Luwawu is a Sixer. Furkan Korkmaz is a Sixer. And Nerlens Noel wasn't traded for like Brevin Knight or some shit.
All this good news is freaking me out.
Tonight's EMERGENCY POST-DRAFT Rights To Ricky Sanchez Podcast is below. Spike always cuts me off so he can go to bed. I hate him. Go Sixers.