Report: Sixers Willing to Trade Up for Russell
Sam Hinkie could have his sights set on one player and one player only.
According to a report, the Sixers general manger wants D'Angelo Russell so bad that he's even willing to trade up in order to get him.
Kentucky freshman Karl Anthony-Towns looks to be the sure fire first overall selection by the Minnesota Timberwolves, but after that things could change. Many NBA mock drafts have the Sixers selecting the Ohio State shooting guard Russell, but the Lakers could see themselves benefiting from Hinkie's infatuation.
From Ken Berger:
"League sources say the Sixers want D'Angelo Russell and are willing to trade up from the No. 3 spot to get him. It would create an interesting opportunity for the Lakers, who could still get Jahlil Okafor and extract a future pick in the process. Among others, the Sixers control the Lakers' 2016 first-round pick, which is top-3 protected."
Russell is the perfect fit for the Sixers who lack a true scorer that can also shoot a high percentage from the perimeter. The Big 10 freshman of the year Russell has been compared to the likes of Damian Lillard and James Harden.
If it's one thing we know about Sam Hinkie, we know that he values the usage of analytics when building a team. According to ESPN SPM's projections, Russell is atop the list of having the best chance to become a superstar. That's at 15.2% with Towns sitting at 13.5%.
Although Russell led all freshman in scoring and broke Ohio State records, he isnt a surefire superstar as he will struggle defensively.
With that said, the Sixers are in desperate need of a superstar with the uncertainty of last year's third overall pick pick Joel Embiid being shutdown due to his foot injury.
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