By Art Beitchman
Former Sixers GM Sam Hinkie’s “Process” officially ends tonight with the first round of the 2018 NBA draft.
The Process was originally the method used to tear down a team stuck in NBA mediocrity terminally, build it up with 1st-round lottery picks to become a winning team.
Done and done!
The Sixers won 52 games in 2017-18, so the mission has been accomplished.
The Process has ceased to be a relevant word to describe the 76ers.
NBA Title contenders does.
The Warriors are 5-4 and the Rockets and 76ers are tied at 7-2 to win the 2018-19 NBA Title.
76ers go into tonight’s NBA draft with two first round picks looking to move into the top 5.
Wendell Carter Jr., a C/F from Duke, could be a legitimate target. Also 7-1 center Mo Bamba from Texas is being discussed as a player who can join Joel Embiid to protect the basket next season, if they find a trading partner.
If no trade happens small forward Mikel Bridges remains a viable option at number 10. The former Villanova Wildcat had a great collegiate career. At 6-7, he has the size and skill to shoot, drive, and defend at the NBA level. He will be a nice addition to strengthen the second unit next season.
Small forward Kevin Knox (above) out of Kentucky has also gotten the Sixers’ attention, and he was brought in for a second workout. Knox has good size at 6-9 to create his own shots, also was a 3-ball threat for Kentucky this past season.
NBA draft day is always fun, even better when the 76ers are back in the hunt with a chance to add talent to this 52-win team.