We all enjoy talking about how former Sixers general manager Sam Hinkie loved his second-round draft picks. He could turn anything into a second-round pick, including NBA castoffs like Brandon Davies, Arnett Moultrie, and Casper Ware. In the 2014 and 2015 NBA Drafts, Hinkie selected ten times in the second round. With the Sixers selecting four times in the second round of this upcoming draft, Sixers fans are singing Hinkie’s praises again. However, they are praising the wrong guy.
To the dismay of many Trusters of the Process, it was in fact current GM Bryan Colangelo who accumulated all four second round picks in this year’s draft, not Sam Hinkie. In three separate transactions, Colangelo acquired four second rounders set to be selected at spots 36, 39, 46, and 50. Here is how he acquired those picks:
Pick #36 from the New York Knicks
When Bryan Colangelo dumped the non-guaranteed salary of Kendall Marshall just prior to training camp on the Utah Jazz, he acquired Tibor Pleiss (who was released) and two second round draft picks.
Those two second rounders were the most and least favorable second round picks of the Knicks, Pistons, Jazz, and Warriors. The most favorable of those four ended up being the Knicks who finished with the worst record of the four teams, thereby selecting 36th overall.
The Warriors became the least favorable of the two second round picks (#60), but Colangelo ended up swapping that pick in a later transaction.
Pick #39 from the Dallas Mavericks
This pick is the “fake first” that Colangelo acquired from the Dallas Mavericks in the Nerlens trade. Yeah, I’m still mad about this too.
Pick #46 from the Miami Heat
The Sixers acquired the 46th pick from the Atlanta Hawks as part of the Ersan Ilyasova trade the day prior to the NBA Trade Deadline. The Hawks had originally received the pick back in 2013 when they traded the draft rights of James Ennis to Miami. That pick, four years later, is heading to Philadelphia.
Pick #50 from the Atlanta Hawks
In the same Ilyasova deal, the Sixers swapped second round picks with the Hawks, with Atlanta getting the worse pick of theirs and the least favorable pick the Sixers were owed from the Jazz in the Marshall deal. That pick, the Warriors’ second rounder (#60), will be send to Atlanta, as the Sixers will receive the Hawks’ second at pick #50.
Colangelo was already without his own second round pick this year (sent away in last year’s Ish Smith trade), but he rebounded by adding second value for little (other than Nerlens), much like his predecessor.
Colangelo did well in the two trades involving the Jazz and Hawks, netting three seconds for an expiring contract (Ersan) and a D-League player (Marshall). However, his return for Nerlens Noel was much to be desired.
In the end, Sam Hinkie has done so much to help the franchise by acquiring so many draft picks both now and in the future, but give credit where credit is due, at least for this year. For it wasn’t Sam who hoarded the second rounders this year, it was Bryan Colangelo.
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