Given the lengthy rebuild the Philadelphia 76ers are engaged in, it makes sense that they took a risk and selected the best player available at No. 3.
Kansas' Joel Embiid was regarded by many as the best player in the draft prior to the announcement that he suffered a stress fracture to the navicular bone in his right foot, which subsequently required surgery that will keep him out from anywhere from four to six months. But injury concerns did not deter the Sixers' pursuit of his tremendous upside.
Yes, the Sixers have Nerlens Noel in house. And yes, the foot injury is a legitimate red flag.
But if Brett Brown can eventually find a way to pair Noel and Embiid in order to form the NBA's most fearsome shot-blocking tandem, the Sixers will have hit a major home run.
Factor in Embiid's ever-evolving post game and his ability to step out and knock down jumpers, and the Sixers could have a future franchise cornerstone on their hands.
It's admittedly a huge gamble, but the Sixers aren't in a rush to contend.
With their second first-round pick, the Sixers flipped Elfrid Payton and turned him into draft-and-stash prospect Dario Saric, a future first-round pick and a future second-round pick, per Wojnarowski and CBS Sports' Ken Berger.
But consider that the first-round pick the Sixers acquired is top-11 protected in 2017 and top-eight protected in 2018, and the Sixers clearly came out on top in that deal.
Fans' disappointment with a lack of instant gratification will be understandable, but this isn't a team in the business of winning in the short term.
Hinkie's long-term plan is starting to crystalize, and while it will take some serious time for all of these pieces to form a cohesive unit, the moves make sense.
The additions of K.J. McDaniels, Jerami Grant, Pierre Jackson, Vasilije Micic and Jordan McRae comprised Hinkie's massive second-round haul.
Expect McDaniels and Jackson to contribute immediately in roles off the bench, while Micic is stashed overseas and allowed to develop further in the Adriatic league.