NBA Draft Night Trade Ideas for Every Team (12/13)


Philadelphia Receives: Trevor Booker, Andrew Nicholson, Sean Kilpatrick, Spencer Dinwiddie, 2019 First Round Pick (Top Ten Protected), 2021 First Round Pick (Top Ten Protected)

Brooklyn Receives: Jerryd Bayless, Gerald Henderson, Jahlil Okafor

Why Philadelphia Trades:

76ers Depth
Joel Embiid Trevor Booker Tiago Splitter?
Ben Simmons Richaun Holmes Andrew Nicholson
Robert Covington Dario Saric Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot
Justin Anderson Sean Kilpatrick Nik Stauskas?
Markelle Fultz T.J. McConnell Spencer Dinwiddie

Philadelphia trades because they get to unleash Jahlil Okafor, who would have created a front court log jam with Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, and Richaun Holmes, and they get fair value for him back. They also get to shed the salaries of Jerryd Bayless and Gerald Henderson, giving them cap room to sign their young guys enterring restricted free agency in coming years (Embiid, Holmes, Simmons, Covington, Stauskas, Fultz, Anderson, Saric etc.) They also get more young assets with the two top-ten protected first round picks.

The guys they actually get back though, have a purpose on this team too. Trevor Booker is a grinder, a hard worker who racks up win shares off the bench (.115 per 48 minutes). Booker has been great everywhere he’s been, and on a Philadelphia team that will look to rest Embiid and Simmons as they recover from season ending injuries, Booker and Richaun Holmes will be huge. Andrew Nicholson isn’t as important to the team, but he has range until the three point line, where he has made 82 threes in three seasons with Orlando in limited minutes. Spencer Dinwiddie is very unique; he is a 6’6″ point guard with a three point shot (37.6%) and efficient general scoring as well (7.3 points on 44.4% from the field per game). Sean Kilpatrick is a guy who can flat-out score the basketball in the right role. He averaged 18.9 points and 5.7 rebounds per 36 minutes on 46.8% within the three point line.

Why Brooklyn Trades:

Nets Depth
Jahlil Okafor Timofey Mozgov Justin Hamilton
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson Quincy Acy 22nd Overall Pick
Caris LeVert K.J. McDaniels Joe Harris
D’Angelo Russell Gerald Henderson Randy Foye
Jeremy Lin Jarryd Bayless Isaiah Whitehead

Brooklyn trades because they get their center for the next five to ten years. Jahlil Okafor, while he simply won’t work out for Philadelphia because of Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons, is still a top three pick in the NBA Draft just two seasons ago. Okafor is just 21 years old, and as a 19-20 year old, he averaged 17.5 points and 7.0 rebounds in 30.0 minutes per game on 50.3% shooting. The offensive talent is excellent on the 6’11 275 pound big man.

The Nets also get two very solid back-up guards. On Philadelphia, they would be detrimental to player development because of all of the young players they have, but on Brooklyn they serve in a veteran leadership capacity as well as players who try to help the team win games and not give the Celtics another number one overall pick from that terrible 2013 trade. Henderson averages a career 11.0 points per game on 44.0% from the field, and Bayless averages 8.6 points per game with a 37.9% three point shot since 2011.

This trade gives Brooklyn a young starting five with a lot of room to grow, as well as two potential future all-stars in D’Angelo Russell and Jahlil Okafor. The bench is not that bad either. Everyplayer in that 2nd line of Mozgov, Acy, McDaniels, Henderson, and Bayless has had individual success on a previous team. Brooklyn has a brighter future with this trade even if they give up draft picks in the process.

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