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 2024.
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 a 22 year old all-star. There are areas of his game that he, like most players still in the midst of their rookie contracts, 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 nearly destroyed his life, but it’s not high enough to place him ahead of Ben Simmons.
4. Matisse Thybulle | Size: 6’5″ 195 lbs. | College: Washington | DOB: 3/4/1997
The Philadelphia 76ers traded up to snag Matisse Thybulle with the 20th pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, sending picks 24 and 33 to the Boston Celtics. Thybulle is a defensive stud, and he has a real chance to surpass Zhaire Smith for third place, however we’ll need to see him play first. Zhaire had a rough rookie season, but his upside and age barely beats out Thybulle for the third spot.
5. 2024 Philadelphia first round draft pick
This draft selection will come at a time far, far away, and we have no clue what the team will look like. Future assets carry extreme value, however the value and upside of Matisse Thybulle outweighs the luxury of holding onto the 2024 Philly first rounder. Thybulle, like Zhaire Smith, is the type of player you look for in exchange for picks like this one.
6. 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. For that reason, the 2024 Philadelphia first is more valuable than this selection.
7. 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.
8. 2021 Philadelphia first round draft pick
See the previous explanation, but replace the years to reflect this pick.
9. 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 2021 first the slight edge.
10. 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 Oklahoma City pick a bit more. The uncertainty of what it could become makes it much more intriguing.
11. 2020 second round draft pick from Brooklyn or New York (more favorable)
The New York Knicks missed out on Zion Williamson, 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.
12. 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.
13. The best of the 2023 Atlanta, Brooklyn, or Charlotte second round draft picks
The 76ers acquired the rights to this asset on the night of the 2019 NBA Draft, where they traded the 34th pick to the Atlanta Hawks in exchange for these rights, the Hawks 2020 second round selection, and the 57th pick, which was then flipped for cash and the heavily protected Miami Heat 2024 second round selection. Although the optionality here is great, the upside of the 2021 Knicks second is a bit higher, being that they’re still in the dumpster.
14. 2024 Philadelphia 76ers second round draft pick
Much like the explanation of the 2024 Philadelphia 76ers first round selection, this pick is a ways away, and one would think the team will still be competitive, but so much can happen before the 2023-24 season. Even so, I value the triple-option second second rounder a bit more than this one.
15. 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. However, the 2024 pick is so far out, giving the team even more time to move it, so I value this pick swap (!) less.
16. 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.
17. 2020 second round draft pick from Atlanta
The 76ers acquired this pick in the Bruno Fernando trade with the Atlanta Hawks. The Hawks are still young, but they’re on the rise. This pick could rise in value if Atlanta underperforms, however the likelihood of Dallas being worse than Atlanta is currently on my mind, making this pick slightly less valuable.
18. 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 42, 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 the 2020 Atlanta second rounder.
19. 2022 second round draft pick from Toronto
The Raptors just won the title, 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. Being that the Sixers 2023 second is another year out, I value it a tad more.
20. 2021 Philadelphia second round draft pick
Even though the Toronto Raptors just won the NBA championship, I see a future Philadelphia asset, the Sixers 2021 second, being less valuable than a Toronto asset, especially one that’s another year out (2022). The likelihood of this selection being worse than the Raptors 2022 second is high, which is why I placed this one lower.
21. 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.
22. 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.
23. Marial Shayok | Size: 6’6″ 205 lbs. | College: Iowa St. | DOB: 7/26/1995
The 76ers selected Shayok with the 54th pick in the 2019 draft, which was their own selection. Shayok is a good shooter, however he turns 24 years old this summer, making him a bit less valuable. I’d expect to see Shayok be a two-way player for the Sixers this coming season, spending most of his time in Delaware. That said, I’d rather have the 2020 76ers second than Shayok. I think they can do better with another late 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 (Shayok) could be of more value than the thought of Vasilije playing minutes in Philadelphia. Keep an eye on him, though. He is improving, and he has jumped Anzejs Pasecniks, which is sad.
25. 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 higher than last; that said, I’d rather have Micic at this point. Micic is improving rapidly and becoming a force in the EuroLeague.
26. 2024 Miami Heat second round draft pick
This draft selection was acquired in the 2019 draft-night trade, sending Jordan Bone to the Detroit Pistons for this pick and $2 million in cash. This pick is heavily protected and will only convey if it’s one of the final picks in the draft. This pick, per RealGM, “is protected for selections 31-50 and 56-60 or to Cleveland protected for selections 31-55 (Miami’s obligation to Cleveland and/or Atlanta will thereafter be extinguished).” Being that this pick may evaporate into thin air, give me the myth of Pasecniks instead.
27. 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 the shot at a late second, which will most likely never convey (which says a lot about Lessort).
28. 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. Lessort is younger and not as bad, however.
Updates will follow as transactions are made.