With the 6ers having the first overall pick in tomorrow nights NBA Draft it’s a good time to look back on the past drafts and see how the team has done and where these players are today. Here is a look back on the first picks for the 6ers every year dating back 10 years to 2007.
With the 12th pick in the 2007 NBA Draft the Philadelphia 76ers picked, Thaddeus Young
Thad was a sold players for the 6ers from 2007-2014, he has bounced around since then playing for Minnesota. Brooklyn and this past season in Indiana. He wasn’t a bust, especially from the 12th pick. He was a second team All_Rookie selection and in his last season in Philadelphia averaged 17.9 points per game.
In 2008 the 6ers had the 16th pick and used that to select Marresse Speights
Speights spent three years in Philadelphia, his highest point average was his second season where he averaged 8.6 and was a member of the 2015 Golden State Warriors who won the NBA Championship and was on the team the next year when they set the single season wins record. He is currently playing for the LA Clippers.
The 2009 draft leveraged the 6ers to the 17th position where they drafted the PG out of UCLA Jrue Holiday.
Holiday played four season in Philadelphia, his last season averaging 17.7 points and was an NBA All-Star. He was then traded to New Orleans for Nerlens Noel (now in Dallas) and a first round draft pick which eventually turned into Dario Saric. Holiday is the only 6ers draft pick to be named to an All-Star team since Allen Iverson, hopefully that will be changing soon!
The 2010 draft is one where I’m sure the 6ers wish they could have a re-do. With the second overall pick the 6ers drafted out of Ohio State Evan Turner.
Turner has had a solid NBA career, he played about 3 and-a-half season for the 6ers and seven years in is still in the NBA, but out of the second overall pick you expect much more. In the 54 games he played in his last season in Philadelphia he was averaging 17.4 points per game before being traded to Indiana. The 6ers in this second position could have drafted now NBA All-Stars DeMarcus Cousins, Gordon Heyward or Paul George.
In 2011 the Sixers were back in the pack a bit and had the 16th overall pick and took Nikola Vucevic.
Vucevic only played one stroke shortened season in Philadelphia and only saw about 16 minutes a night. Vucevic was then traded to Orlando in the offseason in the whole Andrew Bynum disaster. He has had a solid career so far in Orlando averaging 14.6 ppg.
In 2012 the Sixers were drafting out of the 15th position and took out of St. Johns Maurice Harkless and then traded him and Vucevic to Orlando, he is having an okay NBA career, now in Portland where he had a career high 10 ppg this past season.
In 2013 the 6ers were drafting from the 11th position and got a PG from Syracuse Michael Carter-Williams. He was the Rookie of the Year in his first season and then very surprisingly traded the next year. Four years in he is now a bench player for the Chicago Bulls.
In 2014 the 6ers were drafting number three overall and took the often injured center from Kansas who is now the face of the “Process” Joel Embiid. He missed the first two years of his career due to injuries and the second half of his third. If the team was in playoff contention my guess is he would have been back. He is a leading candidate to win this years Rookie of the Year and is now the face of the franchise.
In 2015 the 6ers had the third overall pick and decided on Jahlil Okafor from Duke. Okafor has been very solid on offense but has been a liability on the defensive end,. He has been the subject of trade rumors almost daily however; is a really good backup option with Embiid’s injury history.
Last year as we all know the 6ers had the first overall pick and spent in on Ben Simmons from LSU. Now Simmons didn’t play at all in his rookie season, along with Embiid my guess is if the team was in playoff contention he would have been back at the end of the season too.
Going through the last 10 first picks for the 6ers and you see 10 players who are all still active in the league. I don’t have the stats on it but this seems impressive to me. Now, only one of those players has been an All-Star and one hasn’t played yet.
Simmons along with Embiid, Saric and most likely Markell Faulk being taken number one overall this year are the solid core for this team for hopefully the next 10 years. Only time will tell, and who knows how long the city of Brotherly Love will “Trust The Process”
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