After making three trades earlier in the evening, netting one player in the form of Matisse Thybulle, the Sixers selected an honest-to-goodness basketball player with the 54th overall pick.
Sixers select Marial Shayok with the 54th pick— Keith Pompey (@PompeyOnSixers) June 21, 2019
Shayok started his collegiate career at Virginia, before transferring to Iowa State for his senior season. The 6-foot-6 Canadian averaged 18.7 points per game in the Cyclones’ up-tempo system, while shooting 49.6 percent from the field and 38.6 percent from 3. He turns 24 years old next month. Here’s an in-depth analyis:
I was lower on Shayok than most because I don’t think he defends. But it’s a good fit with the Sixers because he shoots the shit out of it.— Sam Vecenie (@Sam_Vecenie) June 21, 2019
Then, the Sixers selected Tennessee guard Jordan Bone...
#Sixers nab Jordan Bone from Tennessee with the 57th pick.— Keith Pompey (@PompeyOnSixers) June 21, 2019
Or so we thought.
Detroit has traded for the rights to Tennessee guard Jordan Bone, league source tells ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 21, 2019
Elton Brand once again decided to kick the can down the road with a second-round asset.
The #Sixers will receive $2 million and the Miami Heat 2024 second-round pick from Detroit in the exchange from Jordan Bone, according to a league source.— Keith Pompey (@PompeyOnSixers) June 21, 2019
In a vacuum, trading the 57th pick for a future second-round pick seems like a good move, except for the protections in place on the pick.
Basically, it’s a fake pick. Ownership decided the recent tax cuts weren’t enough and they needed an additional boost in the form of the much-traveled Cash Considerations.
Disappointing. Embarrassing. Shameful. Take your pick. The Sixers didn’t take theirs.
I hope the Sixers have a plan in place for free agency, because they entered the draft with five picks, and came away with one player who can be reasonably expected to contribute this season. Not a fun night.