Local guy and ESPN contributor Tom Sunnergren writes about how the Sixers have been Waiting For Wiggins:
But Philadelphia’s interest in the forward — on the level of the organization as well as the fanbase — has proved resilient. Even before the Embiid injury, there were reports the Sixers were willing to trade up to No. 1 to take Wiggins — packaging their No. 3 pick with either Thaddeus Young or the the No. 10 selection to make the deal — and those have persisted. Wiggins was, and remains, their top target.
Everybody loves Wiggins, but nobody loves him quite like the Sixers do. There’s a logic to this attraction that’s at once both sentimental and rational. Wiggins is, in many ways, a perfect fit in Philly. A marriage of left- and right-brained thinking.
It goes without saying, but it bears repeating, that the NBA is a superstars’ league. Championships, more often than not, are determined by the rare handful of genetic mutants who can dominate the game on both ends of the floor. LeBron James. Tim Duncan. Shaquille O’Neal. For a franchise that defines success in binary terms — you either win the title or don’t — and is absent a star, the only way to build a roster is to select the prospects who have the best chance of developing into this kind of force. By most reckonings, there are two players in this draft class with that possibility. One is Andrew Wiggins. The other just suffered the same injury that derailed the careers of Bill Walton and Yao Ming.
Agreed. I don’t think you tank an entire season for a solid potential All-Star (Parker or Exum) or for a guy with serious injury concerns (Embiid). You tank an entire season for a potential superstar. Wiggins, at 19, is a potential superstar, whose supposed flaws are many of the same supposed flaws people saw in Kevin Durant, and that’s worked out pretty well.
Wiggins has been the Sixers’ target for a year and he belongs with them, with you, with us… with me.