Mikal Bridges getting traded by the Sixers has Villanova fans hot, but the Sixers pulled off a heist in the deal. Plus thoughts on Donte DiVincenzo, Jalen Brunson, Omari Spellman and other local players.
Make no mistake, Brett Brown is happy with how Thursday night unfolded and thinks the 76ers made the right decisions for the team. But he admitted it was tough to give up on Mikal Bridges.
Now is the time to focus all of the Sixers' time and resources on getting a big-time free agent. The deal to acquire Zhaire Smith and a 2021 first-round pick was made with that goal in mind.
A quick-hitting look at the players the Sixers ended up with Thursday night.
The Sixers landed a promising player and an asset that could mean a lot in a future trade. It was a good night.
We'll have to wait and see whether it was a good move, but as far as a fit with the Sixers, let's take a look at some of the players' similarities and differences.
Two players went in the top 10, one was traded and two more were selected before the 20th pick.
Smith averaged 11.3 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.1 blocks and 1.1 steals this past season for Texas Tech.
Social media reaction to the Sixers taking Mikal Bridges with the 10th pick in the draft.
The Sixers are left with picks Nos. 38, 56 and 60 in the second round in addition to the 10th and 26th pick of the first round.
Recent history suggests the Sixers will be hard-pressed to find an immediate contributor in this year's NBA Draft.
Mikal Bridges is reportedly the favorite to be picked by the New York Knicks at the ninth spot even if Michael Porter Jr. is still available.
A consensus may be forming on who the Sixers will pick as long as they don't trade up.