The Sixers made some noise on Thursday night, trading Jrue Holiday for Nerlens Noel and a 2014 1st round pick. At first when I saw this, I was shocked. I couldn’t believe that the Sixers had traded their best player for a young player with past injury problems. But then, I considered the upside. Noel, along with two solid second round picks, and two 1st round picks next year.
I forgot about the 11th pick. The Sixers selected Michael Carter Williams of Syracuse. Averaging 11.9 ppg, this is a very tall guy (standing 6’6″) and can really dominate against his opponent. Not only can he score but his forte is his ability to facilitate; he averaged 7.3 assists per game last season and has the best court vision among the 2013 prospects. I really like this pick, and I believe MCW can make a big impact for the 76ers.
This move just makes sense: the Sixers traded their star point guard, so they got another to replace him and complement the young stars they are determined to build this team around. Carter-Williams will not steal the show, he will only improve everyone around him.