Troy Losey Jr.
Most people will criticize what has happened in the last week with the Philadelphia 76ers organization and the trading of Michael Carter-Williams and K.J. McDaniels. Most people want Sam Hinkie, president of basketball operations, fired and want him gone immediately. I have to disagree with all of these people.
The Sixers are trying to build for the future and are trying to do it in a way that has never been done before. I think what they are trying to do is like what Billy Beane has done with the Oakland Athletics of Major League Baseball. There is a lot going on with what they are trying to accomplish and they are trying to do it with acquiring assets and making the best of drafting and puzzling together the best possible team.
It was good to see them trade MCW now because we have no idea what he will turn into, but there was one thing that I noticed with him and it is that he really isn’t a point guard. He was second in the league in turnovers this year, shot just over 26 percent from threes, and shot under 40 percent with over half of his buckets coming within six feet of the rim. It’s hard to see someone like this really turn into the man that will lead your team for the next 10 years. He had great numbers and was a triple-double machine when called upon, but most of these numbers come when the Sixers are down by 20 or are way out of contention to win the game. I really liked the swap of MCW for the Lakers pick that could turn into number six this year or number four next year.
Yes, it is a risk, but a good risk to figure out who to draft and what to fix on the team. I also found it interesting and heartbreaking to trade someone who is young like K.J. McDaniels but with the way his contract was, it was expendable to trade him away and gather more assets. I was excited to see us get a point guard back and a pick. I believe the Sixers future is looking better and will be here soon. We are starting to put together players that we can build around. This franchise is built around the expected superstar play of Joel Embiid in the middle. We have drafted Nerlens Noel who has started to play well on the defensive end. We also drafted the likes of potential in Jerami Grant, Dario Saric, Jordan McRae and found Robert Covington. With these six players and a chance to look at Isiah Canaan, we are looking to draft a point or shooting guard, a small forward and possibly a center as well. It looks great and with the possibility of four first round picks and five second round picks, we could make a splash soon. Also, we are the lowest team in the league as far as salary so we will have money to spend on free agents.
I love what we are doing, and hopefully we can finally bring a championship to Philadelphia in basketball. Since 1983, we have only been close a few times, and I’m hoping I live to see another success in Philly.