June 26, 2014 |
All the 76ers had to do on that June day in 1986 was use the first overall pick on the consensus best player available and they surely would have been back in the conversation as a championship contender for the next three or four years. All they had to do was select North Carolina's Brad Daugherty, a 7-foot center who would have guaranteed that the Sixers had an inside scoring and rebounding presence even when a sweat-soaked Moses Malone was seated on the bench. "Select Daugherty!"
June 20, 2011
TWENTY-FIVE years ago, give or take a few days, the 76ers' world pivoted violently. With all good intentions - isn't that always the way? - the franchise made two trades designed to secure the future. The moves were big and bold and when viewed both as a whole and individually, they made sense in the moment. The events, days in the discussing, were unveiled on the evening of the NBA's 1986 draft. Moses Malone, Terry Catledge and two first-round draft choices were traded to Washington for Jeff Ruland and Cliff Robinson.
June 23, 2010
1. Larry Hughes instead of Paul Pierce or Dirk Nowitzki in 1998. 2. Shawn Bradley at No. 2 in 1993. 3. Trading the first overall pick in 1986 for Roy Hinson. 4. Leon Wood instead of John Stockton in 1984. 5. Every single pick of the 1967-72 drafts.
June 23, 1993 |
To 76ers management, Shawn Bradley left town yesterday looking less like the tallest question mark of next week's NBA draft and more like a sturdy exclamation point. Team officials punctuated Bradley's two-day visit to Philadelphia by reiterating their intention to use the second overall draft pick to choose either Bradley or Michigan forward Chris Webber, whoever is available. "If we're unfortunate enough not to land Shawn Bradley, then we'll take Chris Webber," Sixers coach Fred Carter said yesterday.
March 26, 1993 |
June 16, 1986. It is to 76ers history what Oct. 29, 1929, the date of the great stock market crash, was to Wall Street. OK, some Philadelphia hoops scholars might not consider June 16, 1986, to be the darkest day since the Syracuse Nationals moved here before the 1963-64 season. Strong consideration must be given to July 9, 1968, when Wilt Chamberlain was given away to the Los Angeles Lakers for a grab bag of trinkets named Darrell Imhoff, Jerry Chambers and Archie Clark. What's preferable, anyway, falling off a tall building or being run over by a truck?
October 8, 1992 |
The 76ers will trade forward Jayson Williams to the New Jersey Nets today, according to sources in both organizations. That move, which apparently will cost the Nets a conditional draft pick, would help reduce the bloat on a Sixers roster crowded by 14 players holding guaranteed or partially guaranteed contracts. Williams, 24, has spent two undistinguished seasons with the Sixers, who acquired him in 1990 from Phoenix for a first-round draft pick. The Nets will, according to one source, give up a second-round pick for Williams, but that pick could become a first-rounder if Williams meets a minutes-played clause included in the deal.
March 30, 1992 |
Remember 1986? When Jeff Ruland and Roy Hinson were being projected as key pieces to the bright future of the radically restructured 76ers? Remember Cliff Robinson? The 6-9 forward was another one of the pieces to the puzzle. The Sixers sent Moses Malone, Terry Catledge and two first-round draft choices to Washington for Ruland and Robinson, and sent the No. 1 pick in the draft to Cleveland for Hinson. Ruland broke down, forced into retirement by a balky knee, only to make a miraculous comeback this season.
November 13, 1991 |
"I didn't dream about this," Armon Gilliam was saying the other day, the last man left in the 76ers' locker room after practice at St. Joseph's University. "I didn't think about it, didn't want it. " But Gilliam has it, a career in the NBA. A career that has included being the second pick in the draft in 1987, that has included being traded twice, from Phoenix to Charlotte, from Charlotte to the Sixers. All of that in four fast seasons, being examined under a microscope, people asking why the second pick in the draft already has been traded twice.
November 10, 1991 |
As Billy Owens grew from a skinny, talented kid toward basketball maturity, there was one player to whom he was always compared. Magic Johnson. "He was my idol, and people always said I played like him," said Owens, who led Carlisle High to two Pennsylvania state championships before pursuing a collegiate career at Syracuse. "We were both about the same size and could handle the ball. My dream was to play against him, and now I can't do that. " Owens met Johnson last year at the Spectrum, the day before Syracuse played Villanova.
March 27, 1991 |
It's over. In his heart, Roy Hinson knows it. In his right knee, he feels it. In his eighth season in the NBA, the 6-9 forward who spent 1 1/2 seasons with the 76ers knows it is his last. Hinson, who has had numerous surgical procedures done on his right knee, had the most recent arthroscopic work done about a month ago, and the news was not good. "They found more damage than they had the last time," he said last night, before the Nets turned back the Sixers, 98-95, in overtime.