The reviews are in, and they’re fantastic.
I know we’re supposed to be critical of all things 76ers, but in one man’s humble opinion, they nailed this draft.
Not only did they get the best player available (Simmons), but also added an athletic running mate on the wing (Luwawu) and arguably the best shooter not named Jamal Murray or Buddy Hield in this draft (Korkmaz). Many mock drafts had him going in the mid-teens, so getting him 10 spots later was a steal.
Add these three to the core big guys Philly already has, and for the first time in a long time, the 76ers could be really interesting.
Analysis: Ben Simmons has as much upside as anyone in the draft, and he could wind up a perennial All-Star, but there were legitimate questions about his leadership at LSU. The last time the 76ers had the No. 1 pick they took Allen Iverson. That worked out pretty well. Trust the process, as they say.
Ben Simmons is a confirmed Australian. How very delightful! Timothe Luwawu’s last name reminds me of a Jimi Hendrix guitar solo. Furkan Korkmaz is both the 76ers’ second ever player named Furkan and its first to share a name with a League of Legendschampion. Well done, Sixers!
Colangelo checked just about every box on an ideal draft list. He got some of the best talent available, he selected players that fit alongside the star taken at the top of the draft, the talent pool he selected from was broad enough to include overseas players and he refused to get suckered into bad deals in a chase for more “premium” talent at the top of a weak class.
Every part of the process was sound in philosophy and executed with confidence. Having spent much of the last few months expressing trepidation about the team’s potential direction, Colangelo and his staff deserve full kudos. There’s a lot of work left to do, but they earned plenty of future confidence with just one night of work.