According to David Aldridge, the Sixers have traded for Nerlens Noel, who many saw as a potential No. 1 overall pick. The is gives Philadelphia a legit replacement for free agent Andrew Bynum, and someone who is going to hold down their defense for years to come.
Name: Nerlens Noel
Pick: No. 6 overall, First Round (from New Orleans Hornets)
Analysis: If things work out on the injury front—Noel is currently recovering from an ACL tear—this could end up being a great pick for the Sixers, because he has the potential to be the best player out of this draft.
Picking up Noel comes at a great cost for Philly, though, as they've had to give up All-Star point guard Jrue Holiday in the deal, after his breakout season in 2012-13. Still, they've kept a hold of the No.11 pick, and may have a chance to replace Holiday tonight.
The Sixers will also receive a lottery-protected 2014 first rounder from the Hornets, which will also help to soften the blow of Holiday's departure. There's no denying Noel's talent, especially on the defensive end, but Holiday is a special player, and his presence will be sorely missed.
Getting to Know Nerlens Noel
Name: Michael Carter-Williams
Pick: No. 11 overall, First Round
Position: Point Guard
Analysis: Looks like the Sixers have their replacement for Holiday. Carter-Williams might not be an All-Star right away, but he has the upside to be their point guard of the future.
What's really impressive about Carter-Williams is his build. He's big for a point guard at 6'6", and that will give him an advantage over opposing players on both ends of the floor.
Carter-Williams has the height to see over defenses, which will help him greatly to transition into a true floor general. Unlike a lot of big point guards, though, he's pretty fast, and will cause a lot of match-up problems.
The only major issue for Philadelphia is his shooting. They aren't getting someone here who is going to replace Holiday's scoring—at least not right away—because his shooting stroke just isn't there.
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The Sixers had multiple picks in the second round, but a confusing set of trades have sent them elsewhere in exchange for other picks: