The Philadelphia 76ers are amid their first 40 win season since the 2010-11 campaign, and after years of sucking, it seems like they’re finally ready to make a stride and be a contending team for the foreseeable future.
A great part of this success have come thanks to Sam Hinkie’s “process”, tanking and top-notch scouting, landing a top-notch young duo in Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid, as well as some great talents as Dario Saric and TJ McConnell.
Nonetheless, it hasn’t been all good for the Sixers over this past decade, also striking out during the draft with several prospects that even though didn’t wind up as good as expected, at least got them some nice assets in return. Today, we’re going to let you know about the top 5 Draft mistakes of the Sixers over the last 10 years.
5. Markelle Fultz (2017 NBA Draft)
To be fair, it’s still quite early to call Markelle Fultz a bust, but based on all the stories and footage we’ve been able to get a hand on, Fultz’ situation seems unlikely to be fixed anytime soon after being one of the most overhyped young men in the nation during his NCAA tenure.
Fultz’ hasn’t been able to contribute and has lost muscular memory, meaning his body pretty much forgot how to shoot the ball. Also, considering how stacked this Draft was, it’s a shame they got him with the 1st overall pick and struck out on guys like Donovan Mitchell, Jayson Tatum, Josh Jackson, Lauri Markkanen or Kyle Kuzma.
4. Elfrid Payton (2014 NBA Draft)
The Sixers got Payton 10th overall just to immediately deal him to the Orlando Magic in exchange for Dario Saric and a couple of picks, a deal that winds up being pretty good for the Sixers if it wasn’t for the fact that they could’ve landed some top-tier young men with that selection.
See, even though Saric has a lot of upside and is Sixth Man of the Year material, the Elfrid Payton pick would’ve been good for them to get Zach LaVine, Jusuf Nurkic, TJ Warren, Gary Harris, Clint Capela, Rodney Hood, Jordan Clarkson, Kyle Anderson or even Nikola Jokic.
3. Jahlil Okafor (2015 NBA Draft)
Following weeks of speculation, the Philadelphia 76ers finally settled for Jahlil Okafor, a promising big man out of Duke that was poised for stardom due to his great footwork and old school back-to-the-basket style of play.
Needless to say, this move backfired big time and they wind up sending him to the doghouse piling up DNPs due to Embiid’s surge and Okafor’s total lack of defensive awareness and overall confidence. To make things even worse, this logjam at the 4-5 spot forced them to deal Nerlens Noel, and they could’ve used that 3rd overall pick to get Myles Turner, Devin Booker, Kelly Oubre, Larry Nance Jr or Kristaps Porzingis.
2. Evan Turner (2010 NBA Draft)
Evan Turner went as high as 2nd during the 2010 NBA Draft, but he was never able to live up to the hype in neither ends of the hardwood and wasn’t even a part of the team after 3 seasons went by and he still gets booed every time he sets foot on the Wells Fargo Center.
Turner is a solid rotation player but he’s nowhere near to a 2nd overall pick, and Philly would’ve been way better off had they chosen DeMarcus Cousins, Paul George, Gordon Hayward, Eric Bledsoe, or Avery Bradley.
1. Michael Carter-Williams (2013 NBA Draft)
To be fair, Michael Carter-Williams looked like he was set to become a standout two-way point guard, taking the league for assault en route to the Rookie of the Year award before constant injuries and nagging pains took a toll on his career.
But, what made this an even worse move for the Sixers, is the fact that they used their 11th overall pick to get MCW when they could’ve gotten Steven Adams, Dennis Schroder, Tim Hardaway Jr, Rudy Gobert or Giannis Antetokounmpo.