Brett Brown’s greatest failure as a coach might be never utilizing Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid properly. So far, the Sixers playoff series against the Celtics has shown Embiid can’t get it done alone. He’s been the center of trade talks as of late. Some think Embiid wants out of Philly.
We need a wild ass trade scenario so let’s turn things over to my favorite Brooklyn Net. NBA Draft expert Spencer Dinwiddie seems to think the Warriors could ship their second overall pick in the draft to the 76ers.
I wonder who for? What do the 76ers have that could match the value of a second overall pick. Maybe the third overall pick in 2014?
Embiid would give Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond “poor man’s Dennis Rodman” Green and company a game changing center. The position has been notoriously weak since Golden State’s dynasty run, outside of the year DeMarcus Cousins joined the team. Curry can finally have a reliable low post option.
Let’s talk about the give and go options too. Embiid ran a pretty solid give and go with J.J. Redick when they were teammates. Replace Redick with two of the deadliest shooters in the league, and the give and go becomes a much more lethal option. Embiid also gives great advantages in the high post. Not only is he a great scorer from the position, but he’s also an excellent facilitator from the high post.
While Embiid playing with Golden State is incredibly fun to think about, what about Philly? If I’m the Sixers, the only way I make that trade is if there’s a center in the draft that can be just as transcendent. Oh wait, there’s James Wiseman.
While Embiid is a force to be reckoned with offensively, Wiseman’s mix of athleticism, length and shooting stroke makes for an incredibly interesting combination. He has the tools to be a defensive beast, a fastbreak monster and an animal in the midrange.
While he has the tools, he doesn’t necessarily know how to use them. He only shot a single three in his 69 (nice) minutes of NCAA play. And while his length makes defense easy, his lateral movement is kind of slow.
Here Wiseman puts up an effort trying to get onto the driving player. That said, he uses his length to his advantage to get the block.
Eric Fawcett at NBA.com compared Wiseman to Hassan Whiteside, essentially saying that Wiseman would have to play less like a guard in order to thrive in the NBA. But Wiseman’s guardlike play could actually be a boon to his career.
Ben Simmons is essentially a 6’10” point guard and can be a mentor to Wiseman. After all, the only thing better than one elite guard that’s nearly 7-feet is to have two of them. Simmons could teach Wiseman to tighten his handle and read offenses better.
Wiseman’s defensive ceiling already trumps Embiid’s. Embiid was a defensive force in his 31-game rookie season, but has trailed off since. If Wiseman can live up to expectations, he can provide a consistent defensive anchor.
At the end of the day, Philly needs to make a change. Whether it’s moving Simmons or Embiid, disposing of Brett Brown or something else entirely, the team needs to take action. At least an Embiid trade with Golden State gives you a cheaper replacement. With that said, is it worth ending the Process?
BANNER: Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers dunking on the the Washington Wizards on Feb. 25, 2018 PHOTO CRED: Keith Allison//Flicker