The Sixers president Bryan Colangelo was asked about if they are considering trading the first overall pick.
“There’s a lot to consider to finding a balance… I think there needs to be a blend of young talent and veterans on your roster, there needs to be a balance.”
“I would say you never say never, but certainly trading the No. 1 pick is a highly unlikely situation,” Colangelo said.
The Sixers roster is loaded with young players, and very little veteran leadership. It is something that has been criticized over the past few seasons because it has shown in their play on their court, and in some players antics off the court. Jahlil Okafor, Nerlens Noel, Nik Stauskas, Joel Embiid, and Jerami Grant, are all 22 years old and younger. Along with this, they have a young gun in Dario Saric, who they expect to come over from Europe for next season, who is also younger than 22.
The Sixers are choosing between Ben Simmons and Brandon Ingram. Both can fit will with this team, but do not be surprised if Colangelo wants to bring in veteran leaders sooner than later. “The Process” from Sam Hinkie is definitely now out the window, and the Sixers organization is moving forward sooner than later. Colangelo wants to enter the next phase of the rebuilding process and to start winning games, and who can blame him? This process of rebuilding does not need to take six or seven years to happen.
But, if done too quickly and forced, the Sixers could be back to where they were 5 years ago, which is getting bounced out of the playoffs in the first round.
If the Sixers are going to take Ben Simmons, which reports have already said they will, then they will be building an offense around him. That can work well for a team that is struggling to score. Simmons has all of the talents that will transition well right away in the NBA. He can score, rebound, and is a decent defender. His speed and jumper will need to be worked on a little bit, but growing pains come for every rookie.
One thing is for sure, after success in the draft lottery, the Sixers success has to eventually go up from here. It may not be next year, but the team and organization will be stopping the tanking method, and turning towards a more winning atmosphere.