1. Joel Embiid | Size: 7’0″ 250 lbs. | College: Kansas | DOB: 3/16/1994
Joel Embiid showed toughness, grit, and emotion at the end of the 2018-19 season. He was held back by illness and knee soreness, and things like this will linger until his diet, lifestyle, and training habits allow his body to evolve to another level. That said, he’s the most valuable asset the Philadelphia 76ers have owned, maybe ever.
Note: This is where we start explaining why the above player or asset is more valuable. That’s how we determine our trade value rankings. Regarding draft picks, we will go out to the year 2023.
2. Ben Simmons | Size: 6’10” 230 lbs. | College: LSU | DOB: 7/20/1996
The Ben Simmons chatter continues to be surrounded by a layer of jump shot complaints and questions about his desire to score. In the end, he’s 22 years old. There are areas of his game that he, like most players still in the midst of their rookie contracts, can improve, but he has plenty of time to add layers of talent. Would I trade Joel Embiid for Ben Simmons? No. Embiid has generational trade value, and this isn’t a knock on Simmons.
3. Zhaire Smith | Size: 6’5″ 195 lbs. | College: Texas Tech | DOB: 6/4/1999
‘Twas a long year for Zhaire Smith, and it was great to see him get some run before the regular season was over. He started to show signs of regained athleticism and some range. We all know he can defend with the best of ’em. His value is still high, even though a food allergy nearly destroyed his life, but it’s not high enough to place him ahead of Ben Simmons.
4. 2023 Philadelphia first round draft pick
The 76ers are in win-now mode. Future draft picks are absolutely tradable, but just because they’re willing to move those picks, years out, doesn’t lessen their value; it just increases their availability. Future picks have an added layer of mystery to them, which makes this first rounder their most valuable. However, I would not trade Zhaire Smith for this pick. His upside is just too high.
5. 2022 Philadelphia first round draft pick
Much like the 2023 first rounder, this pick is still far enough out to have enough mystery attached to it to be considered valuable. Being that it’s a year closer to their current competition window, it decreases in value a tad, which is why I have this first-round draft pick slotted below the 2023 selection.
6. 2021 Philadelphia first round draft pick
See the previous explanation, but replace the years to reflect this pick.
7. 2019 Philadelphia first round draft pick
This first rounder currently sits at pick 24 and the draft is rapidly approaching. Elton Brand, Brett Brown, and the rest of the staff will most likely focus in on league-ready talent, much like they did last year in the late first when they selected Landry Shamet, now a member of the Los Angeles Clippers. The 2021 Philadelphia first rounder is ranked above this mainly because of that aforementioned mystery. This pick is a late first, but we can’t guarantee that the 2021 selection will be.
8. 2020 Oklahoma City first round pick (top-20 protected and becomes 2022 and 2023 Oklahoma City second rounders if the pick does not convey)
This is one of three pieces the 76ers acquired in the Markelle Fultz trade with Orlando. The Sixers moved this pick when they acquired the draft rights to Anzejs Pasecniks and now…WELCOME BACK. It has the potential to be a late first rounder (if the Thunder are a top team in the West in 2019-20), or it could become two second rounders. Being that the 24th pick in the draft has guaranteed first-round value and this selection could become two second rounders, I give the 2019 first the slight edge.
9. 2019 Cleveland second round draft pick
This pick was acquired in the Markelle Fultz trade with the Orlando Magic and currently sits at 33. Basically a late first, the selection could end up becoming a contributor or a stash; or it may be used as trade bait. Being that the downside of the OKC first rounder is two seconds, I give that asset the slight edge. As long as Paul George, Russell Westbrook, and the rest of that team stays healthy, there’s no reason the Thunder should be selecting at pick 20 or lower. If that selection falls in the range of one to 20, it stays with OKC, and the Thunder send Philly two future seconds.
10. 2019 Chicago second round draft pick.
This pick landed one selection behind the above Cleveland Cavaliers second rounder, which makes this ranking pretty obvious. At 34, I could see the Sixers trading the Chicago second (or even the Cleveland second, for that matter). Maybe they’re both traded together to get back into the first. Maybe they trade one or both for a veteran, which is the type of player Elton Brand said he was targeting.
11. Jonah Bolden | Size: 6’10” 220 lbs. | College: UCLA | DOB: 1/2/1996
Bolden gave us some mixed messages in the 2018-19 season. When he was able to stay out of foul trouble, he showed his worth. He is an above average defender (at times) and can hit a three (at times), but it comes down to consistency. We know what we have with Jonah (at times), but I value the 34th pick in this upcoming draft a bit more. The uncertainty of what it could become makes it much more intriguing.
12. 2020 second round draft pick from Brooklyn or New York (more favorable)
The New York Knicks missed out on Zion Williamson, it seems, and the Brooklyn Nets will most likely be a fringe playoff team again in 2019-20. That said, it’s safe to assume this pick will eventually turn into the 2020 Knicks second. The question becomes, ‘How much better does New York become next year?’ Being that a question needs to be posed, Jonah Bolden’s tangibility and potential upside is greater than this second.
13. 2021 second round draft pick from New York
Here is another solid asset the Sixers have in their back pocket. Again, how much better do the New York Knicks become? If they’re still struggling to put together a playoff roster in the 2020-21 season, then this is a great second rounder. But that “if” and the extra year for New York to improve makes this asset slightly less valuable than the Nets/Knicks 2020 second.
14. 2022 Philadelphia second round draft pick (right to swap with Denver)
The 76ers and Nuggets both lost in their respective conference semifinals, which shows they’re competitive right now, but as we’ve already stated, we don’t know how things will look in the 2021-22 season. The Sixers have time to move this pick, which makes it a tad more valuable, but being the Knicks/Nets have a higher likelihood of being bad in 2021-22, I value this pick swap (!) less.
15. 2020 second round draft pick from Dallas
The Mavericks have a core of Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis, but outside of that, we don’t really know how good Dallas will be next year. They yielded their first-round pick to the Atlanta Hawks as part of the Trae Young-Luka Doncic trade, which increases the value of this pick, but will they be a player in free agency and can Kristaps take them to another level? Those questions make this pick a bit less valuable than the optionality of keeping that Sixers/Nuggets pick swap second in their bag.
16. 2019 Sacramento second round draft pick.
At pick 44, the Kings second rounder is a bit of a wildcard. Someone, in the eyes of the 76ers management staff, will need to fall in order for them to stay at 44. I could see this being used in a trade package, or used as a stash. I think there’s a chance that the Mavericks 2020 second could wind up becoming better than 44 and maybe even in the 30’s. That said, I’d value the Dallas second rounder more than the 44th pick.
17. 2023 Philadelphia second round draft pick
Who the heck knows what the Sixers will look like in 2022-23, which is half the fun of having future draft picks. If the Sixers pick is lower than 44, then the Process might be wearing off, which is a sad thought. Even though this pick is four years away, I don’t think it’ll be better than 44, so give me the Kings 2019 second.
18. Anzejs Pasecniks | Size: 7’1″ 220 lbs. | From: Latvia | DOB: 12/20/1995
Here is another wildcard. We have no clue what to expect when it comes to the first-round pick who may never come over, selected by former General Manager Bryan Colangelo. The idea of him playing here and not being bad is enough to rank him, but I’d rather have the Philadelphia 2023 second. Not much more to say about that.
19. 2022 second round draft pick from Toronto
The Raptors are in the Eastern Conference Finals, but there are looming questions about the future of Kawhi Leonard. If he leaves Toronto, along with an aging Kyle Lowry, Marc Gasol, and Serge Ibaka, this pick could end up being a decent second. I think we still need to see what happens with Anzejs before valuing this pick higher than him, though.
20. Jonathon Simmons | Size: 6’6″ 195 lbs. | College: Houston | DOB: 9/14/1989
The Sixers might cut Jonathon Simmons, but as of now, he is on the books for the 2019-20 season. His value, according to people I’ve talked to close to the team, is tradable salary. Also, he can provide bench minutes. He was thrust into an awkward spot in Philadelphia this past season and never played his way into a valuable role; but that doesn’t mean he won’t be able to elsewhere. Would I trade Simmons for the 2022 Toronto second? Yes.
21. 2021 Philadelphia second round draft pick
Unlike the 2023 Philadelphia second rounder, the Sixers have less time to utilize the value of this pick. Jonathon Simmons’ salary and ability to help a bench right now will most likely be of higher value than a pick that’s projected to be in the 50’s.
22. 2021 second round draft pick from Denver
Denver looks to be on the upswing, which makes this pick unattractive. Of course, anything can happen in the NBA or the NBA Draft for that matter, but it looks like Denver will be a contender in the West for quite a while. I literally just flipped a coin, and it determined that this pick is less valuable than the Sixers’ 2021 second.
23. 2020 Philadelphia second round draft pick
If the Sixers are able to run it back, or at least bring some semblance of the team they rostered in 2018-19 (with a viable bench), there’s no reason this pick won’t be in the 50’s; plus you’ll have less time to use this asset in a trade, which is why I’d rather stash the Denver pick.
24. Vasilije Micic | Size: 6’5″ 200 lbs. | From: Serbia | DOB: 1/13/1994
There’s a solid chance we will never see Micic in a Sixers uniform, which is why a late second could be of more value than the thought of Vasilije playing minutes in Philadelphia. Keep an eye on him, though. He is improving.
25. 2019 Philadelphia second round draft pick
The 54th pick in the draft is where you draft someone like Micic, and being that he has improved, while playing in Europe, I’ll take that stash over this potential stash.
26. Mathias Lessort | Size: 6’9″ 240 lbs. | Born: France | DOB: 9/29/1995
Lessort has a high motor, but other than rebounding and athleticism, I’m not sure he is an NBA player. That said, give me a shot at one with pick 54.
27. Emir Preldzic | Size: 6’9″ 220 lbs. | Born: Bosnia and Herzegovina | DOB: 9/6/1987
Preldzic was acquired in the Malachi Richardson trade, along with the 2022 Toronto second rounder. He was selected 57th in the 2009 NBA Draft and is the oldest of the Sixers stashes, so he is ranked accordingly.