Andrew Wiggins Belongs With the Sixers

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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.


17 Responses

  1. Cavs just lost out on Love. Trade was a go but he didn’t want to sign new deal with them. So #1 pick is still in play.

  2. Not happening. No amount of CB posts or ZEROS in your annual earnings will bring Wiggins to Philly. Nope.

    Sixers complete shit for 76 more years. Remember their 2nd pick… Evan Turner? How’d that work out?

    1. I detect a disgruntled Flyers fan,upset the talking heads are paying more attention to the Sixers right now than the Flyers.

      And if so dude you seriously need to grow up.

      1. Not at all. Flyers stink! They won’t win a cup in 86 years. The curse of the carter/richards/williams bambino.

        Go Kings.

          1. If you like the Sixers, you’re a loser. Just a loser Mr Walter. Love losers. Losing is contagious.

    1. Not to bring her up but how does she get so much vacation time?? I watch good day every morning & can’t remember the last time k.c worked a 5 day week

  3. Looking forward to the “boohoo we didn’t get Wiggins/I had great t-shirt ideas” post o̶v̶e̶r̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶w̶e̶e̶k̶e̶n̶d̶ on Monday.

  4. Can’t they just fire Fuck-face Brace and give his money to Bruno?????

  5. Hes just Rudy Gay with a higher vertical. Hes so soft and will get eaten alive in Philly

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