PHILADELPHIA 76ERS: TRADE VALUE POWER RANKINGS

{Editor’s Note:  Brian has created his “Trade Value Power Rankings” as a way of cataloging the various assets that the Sixers hold. Like all valuations, some will stay very consistent, while others swing in value wildly. Discussions of these rankings will appear on “The Burner” podcasts, as well as on our Twitter account, and updates will be regular.}

1. Joel Embiid | Size: 7’0″ 250 lbs. | College: Kansas | DOB: 3/16/1994 (EVEN)

Embiid is ranked number one and it’s not even close. He’s arguably the most talented big man in the NBA and he’s approaching top-five status. Even with his injury Screen Shot 2018-06-23 at 7.26.42 PMhistory, previously sitting out for two full seasons, not to mention the end of his freshman year at Kansas, his number-one rank with the team is solidified. Embiid’s ceiling is the best-player-in-the-NBA status and we’ve already seen his floor (for two years). It has become a cliche saying, but “if he can stay healthy,” the Philadelphia 76ers have a generational talent. There are more layers to his value as well; he means so much to the city. His personality doesn’t score points or block shots, but it sells tickets and grabs national attention. There is value to this, mainly because he instills confidence in others.

2. Ben Simmons | Size: 6’10” 230 lbs. | College: LSU | DOB: 7/20/1996 (EVEN)

On most franchises, Ben Simmons, the 2017-18 NBA Rookie of the Year, would be ranked first, but Joel Embiid stands in the way of that. At just under seven-foot, Simmons’ overall athleticism andScreen Shot 2018-06-23 at 7.36.05 PM court vision is already elite after just one season in the NBA. He’s a top-rated passer in the league and plays the game as if he’s been in the NBA for 10 seasons. Even without a jump shot, his value is incredibly high. That said, his future growth will be measured by the improvement of his shooting. Uniquely enough, Simmons shined throughout his rookie year and did so without a shooter’s mentality. We saw glimpses of a dribble-drive pull-up jumper from the elbow, but the frequency of it was inconsistent. The good news is – his foul shooting improved in the post season; maybe this was due to the moment – maybe it was a product of practice.

3. Dario Saric | Size: 6’10” 223 lbs. | From: Croatia | DOB: 4/8/1994 (EVEN)

Thanks to an impressive sophomore season, Dario Saric finds himself ranked third in the team’s future rankings. The forward from Croatia dramatically improved hisScreen Shot 2018-06-23 at 7.41.26 PM shooting, although he still needs to add some arc to his shot. The shooting, though, is just an added bonus. Dario’s bread and butter is on the glass, where he has an insane ability to obtain offensive rebounds and keep possessions alive with his intensity and hustle. Throughout his rookie season, we may have placed a lower ceiling on Dario’s future, mainly because it seemed like he was destined to grow into a role-player label, much like a Thad Young. But, after exploding in the playoffs, and actually carrying the team at times, one could make the argument that Saric is a cornerstone piece of the franchise moving forward.

4. Markelle Fultz | Size: 6’4″ 195 lbs. | College: Washington | DOB: 5/29/1998 (EVEN)

This ranking will be debated by many, and it’s completely understandable to do so. Markelle Fultz had a disastrous rookie season, and his value took a massive hit. Heading into the 2017-18 season, maybe around the Las Vegas Summer League, FultzScreen Shot 2018-06-23 at 7.47.34 PM was most definitely the third most valuable asset on the team. Then, well, we all know what happened. Markelle Fultz somehow forgot how to shoot, and he missed over 60 games because of it, in one of the more bizarre stories in sports history. Just months ago, Fultz looked flashy, confident, and smooth in the summer league, but then something happened, which remains a mystery. Still, Fultz maintains high value within the organization, mainly because if he can get that shooting form back, which he displayed at Washington, he is exactly what this team needs, alongside Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons. The shot, along with his incredible bounce, is a necessity for the franchise’s 2017 first-overall draft pick. He has been working with basketball trainer, Drew Hanlen, who has been revamping Fultz’s jump shot, as seen on several Instagram photos and stories.

5. Zhaire Smith | Size: 6’5″ 195 lbs. | College: Texas Tech | DOB: 6/4/1999 (EVEN)

The impact of Zaire Smith (who just signed his rookie contract with the 76ers), and what he means to the Philadelphia 76ers is currently unknown, being that he was just drafted by the franchise (three nights before writing this), but his upside is incredible. Arguably the best athlete in the 2018 draft class,Screen Shot 2018-06-23 at 7.53.47 PM Smith displayed an unreal ability to finish at the rim, track down and sky for rebounds, as well as block shots. He is listed as 6’5″ but I would not be surprised if that is a generous measure. He looks more like 6’4″ or 6’3″ but he plays much bigger. Smith has experience playing the three and the four in college, albeit being the same size as guards in the NBA. He didn’t play those positions because of height or weight, but because of his impeccable timing, blocking shots, and grabbing rebounds. He will jump out of the building, which really adds to his value to the team, playing alongside Ben Simmons, who will most definitely have an eye out for the high-jumping rookie from Texas Tech.

6. 2021 first round draft pick from Miami (EVEN)

This draft pick will forever be connected to Mikal Bridges, who was selected 10th-overall by the 76ers, then subsequently traded to the Phoenix Suns for the rights to Zhaire Smith and this aforementioned draft pick. As of this moment, the Miami Heat are currently a playoff team, but they have some aging impact players on their squadScreen Shot 2018-06-23 at 7.59.47 PM such as Dwyane Wade and Goran Dragic, not to mention their franchise center Hassan Whiteside has been pretty outspoken about wanting to be traded. The pick (in a vacuum) isn’t as noteworthy as the year it’ll convey. It is completely unprotected and this may be the first year the NBA does away with the one-and-done rule since the Amir Johnson draft (relevant name), who came straight out of high school. This means that the top college athletes will be mixed with the top high school athletes, entering the draft simultaneously. That said, so much can happen from now until 2021, which adds to the mystique of this draft pick.

7. Robert Covington | Size: 6’9″ 215 lbs. | College: Tenn St. | DOB: 12/14/1990 (EVEN)

Robert Covington is such an interesting case. There are fans of the team that completely write him off as a piece of the team’s future. Then, there are others who absolutely adore the guy. Covington is fresh off of a first-team all NBA defense seasonScreen Shot 2018-06-23 at 8.08.04 PM. Earlier in the 2017-18 campaign, he was rewarded with a team-friendly, yet lucrative contract extension. The deal was signed while Bryan Colangelo was still the general manager of the team, and it is not a bad deal – as long as Covington continues to improve as a defender and a three-point shooter. His name is often brought up in trade discussions because it’d be a nice chunk of outgoing salary, but he means much more to the team, in need of wings, than a salary dump. It’s unknown, as of now, what RoCo’s future looks like with the 76ers, but that has nothing to do with his current evaluation. He will either continue helping the Sixers or a team he is traded to.

8. 2021 Philadelphia first round draft pick (EVEN)

As stated in the evaluation of the Miami Heat’s 2021 first round draft pick, the Philadelphia 76ers 2021 selection holds value mostly due to the fact that none of us know what will take place with the team from now until the end of the 2020-21 season. It’s not intelligent to move draft picks that far out, mainly because itScreen Shot 2018-06-23 at 8.14.17 PM takes away team-building flexibility. Let’s say you’re a team in the NBA, headed into a year where you have some bigger contracts coming off the books; and you also have some players reaching the twilight of their respective careers. Having your own draft pick gives you the ability to retool and aim for a solid selection in the draft to help mold the future of your franchise. With the Sixers, there will always be injury risk attached to the top-end of the franchise. If something catastrophic were to take at the beginning of the 2020-21 season, or maybe in the offseason leading up to it, not having that pick could potentially change the outlook from a fan’s respective on the year – causing them to say, “what is there to play for?”

9. 2020 Philadelphia first round draft pick (EVEN)

A lot of the information that previously described the value of the 76ers’ draft selection in 2020 will be similar to that of their pick in 2021. You just don’t know what will happen from now until the beginning-middle of that season. Psychologically, the reason it holds less value than theScreen Shot 2018-06-23 at 8.14.17 PM pick in 2020 is due to the fact that the Sixers will have less time to move it. The 76ers could choose to keep the selection in storage, or maybe use it in a blockbuster trade. Keep in mind, the core of the 76ers could be more intact in 2019-20, compared to the roster heading into the 2020-21 season, due to free agency and possible contract dilemmas. I find it very unlikely that the 76ers, according to their recent team-building philosophy, will move a pick of their own this far out unless it was absolutely necessary. Even in the late 20s, which is most likely (hopefully, from a success standpoint) where this pick will end up, there is always a decent opportunity to add a critical piece to the team’s future, or a cap-friendly contract.

10. TJ McConnell | Size: 6’2″ 200 lbs. | College: Arizona | DOB: 3/25/1992 (EVEN)

Hilariously enough, TJ McConnell is one of the older players on the 76ers, currently 26 years old. McConnell is also heading into a contract year, which makes his future with the team a little murkier than other players on longer-term deals. However, McConnell is incredibly important to the team’s cohesion and leadership. Trading him away, orScreen Shot 2018-06-23 at 8.26.23 PM losing him to a higher offer in free agency could do more harm than most (probably those who wrote him off in the first place) would think. On a trade value standpoint, the team has less leverage when bringing up TJ’s name in trade talks, due to the aforementioned contract situation. There is always that chance that the team (here or elsewhere) loses him in free agency. It’ll be important and interesting to see what the Sixers decide to do with the point guard from the University of Arizona. TJ McConnell has not made much money throughout his career, so don’t be surprised if he seeks a bigger paycheck, which will most likely be offered to him by multiple teams around the NBA.

11. 2019 Philadelphia first round draft pick (EVEN)

This draft selection is much more of a known commodity than the 2020 and 2021 Philadelphia 76ers first round picks. Barring trades, we see what the main architecture of the roster will look like, which is something we can say lessScreen Shot 2018-06-23 at 8.14.17 PM confidently, when referring to the future selections. There is always that dreaded fear of the unknown. It’s impossible to predict what will happen in training camp, preseason, or the regular season, with regards to player health, which explains the higher price tag on first round draft picks. That said, the 76ers do not currently look like a team that will be competing for the top pick in the 2019 draft, unlike years of old. Other teams know this, thus bringing the value of this draft selection down. As long as Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons are playing basketball in Philadelphia, the value of their first round draft picks will be adjusted accordingly.

12. Jonah Bolden | Size: 6’10” 220 lbs. | College: UCLA | DOB: 1/2/1996 (+3)

Bolden might be one of the biggest movers in future of the 76ers power rankings, mainly due to the fact that we really don’t know what we have in him yet. The last time we saw him play in the United States was in the summer league, where he showed off hisScreen Shot 2018-06-24 at 2.10.30 AM athleticism, size, and quick trigger from the three-point line. Recently, video of Bolden working on his game surfaced, showing a smooth three-point stroke and improved handles. There were also reports that indicated that the 76ers would consider moving him in a package deal. That said, there’s a good chance that Bolden will be on the 76ers’ active roster in the 2018-19 season, maybe spending some time on the Delaware Blue Coats G-League roster. With Jonah it’s simple – due to his size and athleticism, if he can shoot the three in this league, he’s going to be a valuable piece. The 76ers will need to be able to stretch the floor, especially with the reluctant shooter, Ben Simmons running the show. Bolden can rebound as well as block shots. His movement will hinge on the exposure he receives in the NBA. How excited will he get us? If we see flashes of promising potential, there’s no question that his stock could skyrocket, but being that we haven’t seen him play in a regular season NBA game yet, it’s difficult to form a sturdy opinion of the kid.

13. Landry Shamet | Size: 6’4″ 188 lbs. | College: Wichita St. U | DOB: 3/13/1997 (-1)

Shamet was a rather surprising selection by the 76ers with the 26th pick in the draft, and he is definitely a bit of an unknown heading into his rookie season, but he should fill a need with this currently constructed team. Shamet was one of the best shooters in the 2018Screen Shot 2018-06-24 at 1.56.10 AM draft class, and his specialty with this team, if given minutes, will be similar to the role that JJ Redick has mastered throughout his NBA career; move off screens, get open, and hit catch-and-shoot jumpers. Shamet also did a lot of the ball handling at Wichita State University, and we may see him run some point guard in the Las Vegas Summer League (assuming he plays), alongside fellow rookies Zhaire Smith and soon-to-be-mentioned Shake Milton. The reason Landry falls below the 76ers’ 2019 first round draft pick is because of the second-round grade that Shamet had coming into the 2018 draft. His ranking here could rise, but he’ll need to get some exposure in order for it to do so. He’s a rookie, on a rookie-scale deal, so any production that he can provide will impact his status.

14. JJ Redick | Size: 6’4″ 200 lbs. | College: Duke | DOB: 6/24/1984

JJ Redick has signed a one-year deal with the 76ers after a career year with the team, and his new contract is just a little more than half of what he was making last season.  The value of Redick goes beyond the box score. Sure, he gets open looks for JoelScreen Shot 2018-07-02 at 7.06.21 PM Embiid and Ben Simmons by spacing the floor, but he is mostly a model professional with an incredible work ethic (which players like Markelle Fultz and Zaire Smith will need through their development). The hope is that Landry Shamet becomes the type of player that JJ currently is, and the reason he’s ranked a spot higher is because of the rookie contract and salary flexibility – as well as age – that he provides the team. This is titled “trade value rankings” and it’s pretty clear that Redick is not here to be traded. He is here to be an extension of Brett Brown on and off the floor (with a much better jump shot).

15. Justin Anderson | Size: 6’6″ 228 lbs. | College: Virginia | DOB: 11/19/1993 (-2)

Justin Anderson will forever be linked to Nerlens Noel and a fake first round draft pick. Unfortunately for him, being that he’s blanketed by a popular punch line during the process era, people overlook his value to the team. Justin Anderson still has a lot of untapped potential and if the team can find a way to unlock it, who knows what his role will be moving forward. HisScreen Shot 2018-06-24 at 2.03.50 AM shot is starting to come around, with a seemingly improved form, and his defense has always been there. His intensity has allowed him to crack Brett Brown’s rotation, even in the playoffs at times. Even though he is not fully developed as an NBA player, the Sixers do know what they have in Anderson. He’s a hard worker who rebounds, blocks shots, finishes at the rim, and hustles for loose balls – also known as coach Brown’s ideal player. Anderson’s value moving forward will be 100 percent connected to how much better his shot gets. He doesn’t show a broken form or a bad release by any means, but he is not what one would call a knock-down shooter yet. If he can develop a reliable stroke, which we did see some flashes of in the 2017-18 season, he could become a very reliable three-and-D piece for the 76ers moving forward.

16. Furkan Korkmaz | Size: 6’7″ 185 lbs. | From: Turkey | DOB: 7/24/1997 (-2)

Furkan Korkmaz got some run in the 2017-18 season, mostly paying in garbage time, but the Sixers and fans saw flashes of what he’s capable of. He has an excellent stroke from behind the three-point line, and he’s not shy at all. He’ll shoot the ball ifScreen Shot 2018-06-24 at 10.01.55 PM he’s open (and maybe if he’s not open) and that’s what he’s in there to do. His athleticism can easily go unnoticed, due to his modest, calm demeanor. As Korkmaz gets older, he will continue to put on size. Right now, his body is his biggest knock. He’s just too skinny right now, and it limits his defensive effectiveness. With added strength, he’ll be able to stop dribble penetration more effectively, and bump for loose balls. He has long arms and decent instincts on defense, which Brett Brown loves. It’s unknown how much Furkan’s role will increase in the 2018-19 season, but if it does, there’s no reason to believe that he won’t move up in the rankings.

17. Anzejs Pasecniks | Size: 7’1″ 220 lbs. | From: Latvia | DOB: 12/20/1995 (-1)

Much like Bolden, there are certainly question marks all over Pasecniks. Can he be a contributor in the NBA? Is he strong enough to bang in the low post? We may find out in the Las Vegas Summer League, although we have not yet received word onScreen Shot 2018-06-24 at 2.18.06 AM whether or not he will be participating. Even though Pasecniks was a first round selection, he ended up falling below Bolden due to one important factory – We saw Jonah Bolden play (in the Summer League). We have no idea what Anzejs will look like in the NBA, let alone the Las Vegas Summer League (which he will not be participating in this year). But, when he does eventually come over, he could very well sign to a rookie scale contract, much like Dario Saric did a couple years ago. It gives the team a salary-friendly option moving forward, especially if he can log some backup center minutes. For his size, he is extremely athletic and he has a decent shooting stroke. Like Bolden, Anzejs’ value could rise or fall as soon as we get a glance of what he can do in an NBA environment.

18. Richaun Holmes | Size: 6’10” 245 lbs. | College: BG | DOB: 10/15/1993 (-1)

If these rankings were based purely off of skills alone, Richaun Holmes would be ranked much higher, but there are uncertainties regarding his future with the franchise. He’s turning 25 in October and he’ll be up for a new contract after this upcoming season.Screen Shot 2018-06-24 at 10.15.09 PM The 76ers just picked up his option for the 2018-19 season, and there were some doubts as to whether or not the team would bring him back; mainly due to the Sixers’ desire to save salary for free agency. Holmes is known for his explosive drives to the hoop and ability to finish above the rim. At times, however, he looks lost on defense and in box-out situations. There’s no doubt that he has the tools to be a solid player in the NBA for years to come, but the murkiness of status in the upcoming seasons devalues him a bit. This goes for trade discussions as well. Not only will his salary be up for the Philadelphia 76ers, but that’s obviously the case for any team that’d choose to acquire him via trade. It’s tough to sell that lack of contract security, but based on his current abilities, Richaun Holmes holds value.

19. Timothe Luwawu | Size: 6’6″ 205 lbs. | From: France | DOB: 5/9/1995 (-1)

TLC is a curious case. In his rookie season, he showed real flashes and eventually became a quality role player off the bench, while seeing some starter minutes. Then, his sophomore season began with a subpar Las Vegas Summer League thatScreen Shot 2018-06-24 at 10.25.17 PM ended with a collision, sending himself to the floor with a bloody face. That incident also forced Markelle Fultz out of the game with an injured ankle (the last time we saw Fultz with an unbroken jump shot). After the summer league, TLC struggled to make an impact during the regular season, a year where he was battling injuries. He lost playing time to bench players like Justin Anderson, TJ McConnell, Marco Belinelli, and Markelle Fultz (towards the end of the season). His third year is a massive question mark; will he even be on the team? My guess is that he’ll be here, due to the fact that Brett Brown values continuity, but don’t be surprised if he’s part of a trade package.

20. Shake Milton | Size: 6’6″ 205 lbs. | College: SMU | DOB: 9/26/1996 (-1)

Being that Milton was selected in the second round, he is eligible to be slotted as a two-way player, which could solidify a spot for him deep on the 76ers’ bench. He has an injury to overcome, though. It was announced that he suffered a stress fracture in his back in pre-draft workouts, which may explain the reason he fell to the late second round. When he’s not on the Sixers’ sideline this season, Shake will most likely be spending time in Delaware.Screen Shot 2018-06-25 at 2.13.23 AM At SMU, Milton showed leadership, a smooth shooting stroke, and solid defensive awareness. Translating to the NBA, it’s unknown how effective those aforementioned skills and characteristics will look, due to his lack of athleticism. In a lot of ways, Milton moves like present-day Shaun Livingston (but he can shoot the three). He’s not the quickest guy, but he may be able to get to his spots due to length, height, and shiftiness. Like Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot, Milton could be part of a trade package at some point. He’s ranked below Timothe because we’ve seem TLC contribute on an NBA roster. We’re not sure what type of impact Shake Milton will have throughout an NBA game yet.

21. 2020 second round draft pick from Brooklyn or New York (more favorable) (-1)

22. 2019 second round draft pick from Milwaukee/Sacramento (more favorable) (-1)

Screen Shot 2018-06-24 at 10.44.00 PM
Click here to view the source of this trade / photo

23. 2023 second round draft pick from Detroit (-1)

24. 2021 second round draft pick from New York (-1)

Screen Shot 2018-06-24 at 11.31.46 PM
Click here to view the source of this trade / photo

25. 2021 second round draft pick from Detroit (-1)

26. 2020 second round draft pick from Dallas (-1)

Screen Shot 2018-06-24 at 11.07.51 PM
Click here to view the source of this trade / photo

27. 2021 Philadelphia second round draft pick (-1)

At most, this Philadelphia 2021 second round draft selection could be used as a trade chip, but as allScreen Shot 2018-06-23 at 8.14.17 PM seconds do, it holds pretty minimal value. The reason it’s the most valuable of the next three second-round selections belonging to the Sixers is because of the amount of time the team has to play around with it. As previously stated, who knows what the year 2021 will look like, so it’s important to be more careful with these picks.

28. Mathias Lessort | Size: 6’9″ 240 lbs. | Born: France | DOB: 9/29/1995 (-1)

Lessort was selected in the 2017 NBA draft, and immediately stashed overseas. He’s aScreen Shot 2018-06-24 at 11.42.29 PM hustle guy and has the ability to finish at the rim with authority. He can also rebound the basketball like a mad man. He has a high motor, but that’s about the extent of it. He’s pretty limited on offense and he’s not a bad defender. It’s highly doubtful that Lessort will enter the 76ers roster discussion any time soon, and don’t be surprised if you see his rights dealt in the future as part of a minor transaction.

29. 2020 Philadelphia second round draft pick (-1)

For reasons specified in the 2021 76ers 2nd round pick description, this one will beScreen Shot 2018-06-23 at 8.14.17 PM similar. It’s a year sooner, which means the team has less time to move it. With the minimal value it already has, the only way the team can capitalize on moving the pick will be as part of something along the lines of trading into the second round of a draft, or maybe (as seen in the 2018 draft) they’ll send it out for a future pick(s).

30. Vasilije Micic | Size: 6’5″ 200 lbs. | From: Serbia | DOB: 1/13/1994 (-1)

Micic was drafted in 2014, the same year that as Joel Embiid entered the NBA. The Sixers took him with the 52nd pick of theScreen Shot 2018-06-24 at 11.53.41 PM draft. He currently plays in the Turkish Super League at the point guard position and he’s mainly known as a floor general with the ability to distribute and run a solid offense. He is not an exceptional shooter, but he can score at an average rate. The reason Micic is ranked so low is because I’d be greatly shocked if he ever plays for the Philadelphia 76ers.

31. 2019 Philadelphia second round draft pick (-1)

We should expect this draft pick, if all goes well for the 76ers in the 2018-19 season,Screen Shot 2018-06-23 at 8.14.17 PM to be in later half of the second round. If a player is selected, he’ll either be stashed in Europe, or considered a long-shot two-way player. Recent history suggests that the team will move it for cash, a future pick(s), or as part of a deal involving other pieces. This rounds out the 76ers personal draft selections, and impressively enough, they own all six of them. We’ll see how much longer that lasts.

32. Jerryd Bayless | Size: 6’3″ 200 lbs. | College: Arizona | DOB: 8/20/1988 (-1)

Coming in last place is the veteran of the 76ers, Jerryd Bayless. He is ranked at the back of the pack because he’s paid way too much money for the amount of playing time he receives (basically none). As a $9-million expiringScreen Shot 2018-06-25 at 12.02.08 AM contract, Bayless could potentially block the team’s ability to add salary via free agency. It’ll be difficult for the Sixers to move his contract without attaching an asset to it. First, they’ll need to find a willing counterpart, which will be the most difficult part of it all. With the ability to shoot and move well off-ball, Bayless plays a position that the team currently has a surplus of. His negative value is not a reflection of his character. Assuming he’s moved in some fashion, he can still help a team’s bench in the NBA.

SFOHome
CLICK HERE TO GET BACK TO THE HOMEPAGE OF SIXERS FRONT OFFICE