Houston Connection: Sixers Edition

As most of us know by now, through my blog and reality, Sam Hinkie came from the Houston Rockets. There happens to be a former second round draft pick on that team that’s having a breakout year. That player will be a free agent this coming offseason.

To my eyes, he’s putting up numbers that are somewhat comparable to Thaddeus Young. Maybe, he is a better ball handler. Young is a mix between a power forward and a small forward, which makes the starting lineup very flexible. The soon-to-be free agent is strictly a small forward and he averages 16.7 points, 5.7 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game. His name is Chandler Parsons.

NBA: Houston Rockets at Sacramento KingsAlong with the numbers, he’s also comparable to Thaddeus Young in the sense that he will most likely ask for around the same yearly salary. Young makes $8,850,000 this year and next season, he’ll collect $9,410,869. For a 25-year-old kid, Parsons, that seems quite reasonable. The Sixers will also still have enough money to sign another free agent to a hefty deal or acquire a player’s contract via trade.

Parsons would be a gift. Right now, the Sixers have a gaping hole (on their entire team, other than a couple players) at the shooting guard and small forward position. Next year, Nerlens Noel will be on the starting roster, barring a unimaginably sickening setback. So, that sets us at point guard (Michael Carter-Williams), power forward (Young) and center. In a perfect situation, Young could become an overpaid bench player again, which seems like ages ago. Maybe, he’ll be gone.

Now, take a look at our draft picks. Currently, the New Orleans Pelicans are sneaking closer to the sixth worst record, largely due to the injuries to Jrue Holiday and Ryan Anderson. Being that the 76ers own that pick, which is top-five protected, it’s sneaking into dangerous territory. But, just imagine; what if that pick lands at sixth? Mathematically, if it does, there’s a 78.5-percent chance that it will end up being sixth in the lottery. So, that leaves us with probably a top-three pick and possibly the sixth? Wow.

Right now, I’m hearing a lot of people talk about the possibility of drafting Andrew Wiggins from Kansas and Noah Vonleh from Indiana. If Parsons ends up being signed by Philly and we land both of those players in the draft, this is what we’ll be looking at.

PG: Michael Carter-Williams

SG: Andrew Wiggins

SF: Chandler Parsons

PF: Thaddeus Young / Noah Vonleh

C: Nerlens Noel / [PLEASE KEEP Jarvis Varnado!!!]

Work your magic, Hinkie!

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