Sixers Fans Are Now OKC Fans
With the NBA’s return, one question that we’ve all been waiting to have answered is still up in the air. Will the Sixers have a 1st Round Pick in the 2020 Draft?
The answer to this question looks to be coming down to how the Oklahoma City Thunder perform over the last 8 regular season games in Disney.
This all started when the Sixers traded Markelle Fultz to the Magic in exchange for Jonathon Simmons (kill me), a 2019 second-round pick, and Oklahoma City’s top 20 protected first round pick in 2020.
The Thunder, then traded away Paul George and Russell Westbrook, which pretty much made the pick useless. HOWEVER, that turned out to not be the case.
Chris Paul, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Dennis Schröder surprised everyone this year and OKC was actually pretty solid this year. More solid than the Sixers. OKC’s first-round pick would convey if the regular season was over and would be the 22nd pick overall in the NBA Draft.
We lost our first round pick in this years draft in the Tobias Harris trade and because we’re a playoff team. Our money is tied up in Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, Tobias Harris, and (unfortunately) Al Horford. The Sixers could really benefit from the first round pick from the Thunder.
Here’s a look at who OKC would play in their final 8 games.
OKC is tied with Houston for the league’s ninth-best record and needs to finish within the top 11 for the pick to convey. They would begin its final eight regular-season games 1.5 games ahead of the Sixers, Indiana and Dallas.
The fate of the Fultz trade relies on OKC to finish in the top 11 with matchups against the two, three, and four seeds in the Western Conference.
The Sixers need some Walt Disney magic to secure a first round pick. If 2020 is any indication of how weird things can get, I like our chances.