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What If The Philadelphia 76ers Trade The First Pick?

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The Philadelphia 76ers have reportedly told Ben Simmons he will be selected with their first overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft.¬†Wait, that’s it? No more speculation as to who will be picked first? I can’t handle that. When I was in high school, I did theater. I have been in several ostentatious relationships. If these tidbits tell me anything, it’s that I live for drama, and I can’t handle living without it. Not only does this mean I should see a therapist, it means I need more drama in the NBA draft, and if I can’t find any, I’m going to create it.

What if the Philadelphia 76ers trade the number one pick? I know it sounds insane, but I’ve heard rumors they have previously shopped it around. Several questions surround the trade possibility. Would the 76ers want more draft picks? They already have three first round picks, but two are in the mid-twenties. Would they want an established veteran? They’re not in win-now mode. Would nabbing an All-Star in his prime help or hurt their plan and development?

My bet is the 76ers would listen to another top-5 pick combined with a future protected-first round pick or a young prospect who can shoot. So this is my hypothetical:

76ers trade the 1st overall pick to the Phoenix Suns for the 4th overall pick, Devin Booker, and a 2017 top-ten protected first-round pick.

Hear me out. Philadelphia needs shooting and a point guard desperately. This trade can give them both. The 76ers can pick Kris Dunn with the 4th overall pick and pair his playmaking ability with Booker’s great shooting in the backcourt. Then they can pair Phoenix’s protected pick with other draft picks and one of their many bigs to make another deal.

Yes, they miss out on Ben Simmons and his immense talent, but I’m okay with that. What has Simmons done to prove he can be a winner? What if he ends up being more of a power forward? The Suns need a stretch four and talent in general. Simmons can provide that point forward role for a more established team which should make Simmons happier.

What will happen on draft night? The 76ers will draft Simmons. But that doesn’t mean a guy can’t dream, right? Hey, while we are here, why don’t you check out my 2016 NBA Mock Draft?

Thoughts? Comments? Questions? Let me know in the comments section. Follow me on Twitter here, and we will chat about the NBA Draft as it goes.