As Philadelphia 76ers President and General Manager Ed Stefanski walks through the Wachovia Center halls and offices, he must be having visions of blue and white; albeit not a vanilla shake with a blueberry on top, but a blue and white "Devil." Huh?
Not the "Devil" who has a pitchfork in one hand and is emblazoned with fire; no, a 6'5" 215 pound Duke Blue Devil- one of the best college basketball players in the nation. A supremely gifted and cerebral son of a two-time NBA champion.
Yes, you are on to me—Duke's Gerald Henderson, the best all-around college basketball player who has his sights set on Philly. That's right, Gerald Henderson would love to play for Philadelphia, and Stefanski is only hoping he will be there at 17. Will he be there? Do the Sixers brass have the telepathy to read my mind?
If Philadelphia has an opportunity to move up to 12 and Henderson is still on the board Stefanski has to pull the trigger and trade up.
With Henderson, the Sixers will have the flexibility to spread the floor a little more, naturally creating lanes for Thaddeus Young and Andre Iguodala to slash and collapse defenders, allowing others to space and pop-create room, set, and shoot.
Henderson can create, something this team desperately needs and has not been able to do since Allen Iverson's departure. The difference, however, is Henderson can shoot, create, kick, slash, run the floor, defend, and above all else is an intelligent guy with a swagger.
The Sixers need Henderson for more than his basketball acumen; how about his name recognition, confident appeal, and high basketball IQ?
If Stefanski is up at night peeking through the blinds on South Broad Street in a lonely office, he only can be doing one thing-dreaming of a blue and white Devil.
Ed, sit back and take a deep breath. Smile a devilish smile.