All in all, this was an uneventful first career draft night for Brand. In a year where many implored the front office to keep its picks, Sixers brass opted to do the opposite and traded away three of their five selections.
This speaks to the front office’s confidence in free agency. The idea of “running it back” has been popular among the fans, and Philly intentionally didn’t overload the bench on this night.
Thybulle is a good prospect in a weak draft; at worst he’ll be a switchable defender who can’t be left open. Shayok will stick in the league if he can use that length to his advantage, which was a safer bet than most of the remaining prospects.
It would’ve been nice to see the team use one or two more of its picks, but it’s clear there’s a plan in place. The money and assets incurred from trading those selections has to go somewhere, and the 76ers are on pace to pay quite a lot in the coming weeks.
The Sixers picked exactly who they said they’d target: upperclassmen who can shoot and defend. Their draft record with proven commodities is limited in recent years, but Landry Shamet was a hell of a pick last year, so here’s to hoping these guys can commandeer that type of value.
Final Grade: B