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Interesting draft note: If Bennett or Oladipo had fallen to No. 6, same Sixers/Pelican trade would have gone down

Jul 9, 2013, 5:14 PM EDT

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Just days before the 2013 NBA Draft Nerlens Noel was still the presumptive No. 1 pick and Anthony Bennett was thought to be the guy falling down draft boards.

It was then that the brain trusts of Philadelphia and New Orleans came up with a trade that surprised a lot of people on draft night. It wasn’t all about Noel, explains Dei Lynam at CSNPhilly.com.

Three names supposedly would have supposedly gotten the deal done: Anthony Bennett, Victor Oladipo and Nerlens Noel. Bennett went first to the Cavaliers. Oladipo was selected second by Orlando, and fortunately for the Sixers, Noel was still on the board when the Pelicans picked at No. 6….

This gives insight into the workings of the draft and how deals get done on that night — it hardly happens in a five-minute window. Plans and contingency plans are mapped out in advance.

The trade was Noel and a future first-round pick to the Sixers for All-Star point guard Jrue Holiday.

That Philly was open to three players who play very different roles on the court shows what the Sixers wanted — talent. Guys that could be part of the future down the road, not so much next season. With Noel it may work out — if his knee is right he could be the best player out of this draft in three or four years. Which is when it matters because that is when they should have built up talent around him.

Philadelphia is not tanking but they have certainly put themselves in the “Woeful for Wiggins” discussion, and that’s not a bad thing. It’s better than bringing Jrue Holiday, Evan Turner, Thaddeus Young and the rest of the gang back to win 41 games.

But it’s a different direction than the Pelicans have gone — Holiday, Eric Gordon, Tyreke Evans and Anthony Davis are all young and talented. A lot of things still need to come together, but that is a nice collection of talent and a team on the rise.

  1. sellahh - Jul 9, 2013 at 5:19 PM

    “Philadelphia is not tanking (…)”
    Tank commander Royce White begs to differ.

  2. biasedhomer - Jul 9, 2013 at 8:21 PM

    Its not really tanking if they are trying their best but still losing!
    Tanking is when you have reserves starting for your team.

  3. dezglobal - Jul 9, 2013 at 9:36 PM

    Coulda wouda shoulda.

  4. saint1997 - Jul 9, 2013 at 10:10 PM

    Sounds like 76ers are open to keeping Turner given those deals

    • somekat - Jul 9, 2013 at 11:14 PM

      Highly doubtful. If they keep Turner after this season, they will only have cap space for one max FA. If they let him walk, they can sign 2. It’s not even a decision

    • sasquash20 - Jul 10, 2013 at 7:25 AM

      I hope not he sucks

  5. somekat - Jul 9, 2013 at 11:17 PM

    If the sixers do wind up as bad as I think they will be, this trade could look like a flat out robbery. If this pick leads to a Wiggins/Noel combo, plus Carter-WIlliams and another top 10 pick, while still keeping Thad Young, and having enough space for 2 max FA’s, this team could be set for another 5 years minimum

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