76ers come up one pick shy of success

The Philadelphia 76ers made a bold move when they traded guard Jrue Holiday to the Pelicans for Kentucky star Nerlens Noel, also receiving the Pelicans 2014 first round pick.
The stage was set, with the 76ers poised to draft 11th, to take Lehigh guard CJ McCollum. The dream came up one pick shy, as the Portland Trailblazers swooped in at number 10 to extinguish the 6ers dreams.
Let the records show, when all is said and done, how close the 76ers came to greatness. This is because I truly believe that McCollum will become a bonafide star in the NBA, and when you consider pairing him with the abilities of Noel…the sky would have been the limit.
The 76ers ended up drafting Syracuse guard Michael Carter-Williams. While a decent consolation prize, there are reasons McCollum was drafted before him.
The athleticism of McCollum is largely unheralded, as he played in the relatively little-known Patriot League. But one of the biggest differences between the two is the ability McCollum has to create his own shot off the dribble…something Carter-Williams has trouble achieving.
The point of this post revolves around the 76ers attempt to ascend from irrelevance and back into the conversation of the quality NBA teams. This poster believes that they came up just short, as soon as McCollum’s name was called.

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