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SB Nation Mock Expansion Draft: Sixers protected the young core at all costs

August 9th, 2017 at 10:28 AM
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In late July, NBA commissioner Adam Silver hinted that the league would be looking at expanding the league in the not-so-distant future. “I think it’s just a question of when the right time is to seriously start thinking about expansion,” he said at the time, sparking another wave of hope in Seattle residents that the city would finally have an NBA team once again.

Internally, the SB Nation NBA crew decided we’d turn that into a bit of offseason debate, and the SB Nation Mock Expansion Draft was born. The rules were simple: each team was allowed to protect eight players on their roster, leaving the rest of their guys up for grabs. As of this writing, we still don’t know who ended up being selected by the fake expansion team, but I can offer the list of players we protected and why.

Here’s who I made sure our fake Sixers kept, and a few explanations on the logic.

The Protected Group

The No-Brainers

Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, Markelle Fultz, Robert Covington, Dario Saric

This core five went down in ink almost immediately. …

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Tags: Alex Poythress, Amir Johnson, Ben Simmons, Dario Saric, Furkan Korkmaz, Jahlil Okafor, Jerryd Bayless, Joel Embiid, Justin Anderson, Markelle Fultz, Nik Stauskas, Richaun Holmes, Robert Covington, Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot

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