The 76ers and Nets draft #2 and #3. They both have a number of solid, if young, players at the #1, #2 and #3 positions. Where they both need help is upfront. Now, the Timberwolves, they draft at #4 and are desperate for someone to play the #3.
With all that in mind, two pieces of intelligence, dropped at the bottom of weekend columns, makes one think that the conventional wisdom about Draft Order is, if not wrong, a bit premature.
David Aldridge of NBA.com (and a former Sixer beat reporter) writes that Philly has tentatively set up a workout pitting Derrick Favors and DeMarcus Cousins. As Aldridge reports, "There would be no reason to schedule such a workout -- and certainly no reason for either Cousins or Favors to attend -- if there wasn't some kind of indication sent by the Sixers that they're seriously considering one or the other with the second pick." That of course would leave the Nets with a choice between whoever Philly didn't take and Evan Turner, everyone's favorite #2 (both ways) pick.
Meanwhile, Ron Tillery of the Memphis Commercial Appeal writes, "Minnesota GM David Kahn is actively trying to trade up from the fourth pick to the second pick for a chance to take Ohio State's Evan Turner. Also, don't be surprised if either Al Jefferson or Kevin Love is traded by draft night."
Imagine the possibilities. We assume Rod Thorn has.
- Nobody Asked Me, But ... - David Aldridge - NBA.com
- From the baseline - Ron Tillery - Memphis Commercial Appeal
- Sixers to Work Out Derrick Favors, DeMarcus Cousins - Tom Ziller - FanHouse
Turner Not A Lock at No. 2 - And Would Create Dilemma For Nets At No. 3 - Eric Freeman - The Sporting News