Wednesday, October 4 2023

The Philadelphia 76ers do not have a pick in the 2023 NBA draft so now is the time to look back at some previous drafts and re-do some picks that the team made in the past.

The Sixers entered the 2004 draft on a bit of a low. They had a disappointing 2003-04 season as Allen Iverson played in only 43 games due to injuries and coach Randy Ayers was fired after a 21-31 start. Interim coach Chris Ford finished the season at 12-18.

With the ninth pick in the 2004 draft, the Sixers selected Andre Iguodala who would go on to have a very solid career. He averaged 15.3 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 4.9 assists in his eight seasons with the Sixers which included an All-Star appearance in 2012.

In a 2004 re-draft performed by HoopsHype, Iguodala goes No. 2 overall to the Charlotte Bobcats. In his place, the Sixers select Kevin Martin who originally went 26th overall back in 2004:

Had Kevin Martin, a late bloomer as a basketball player, attended a bigger college than Western Carolina University, he probably wouldn’t have fallen to 26th in his draft class. Regardless, he wound up having a very solid NBA career, providing high-level scoring thanks to his quickness and off-the-dribble shooting, even with the funky release he had on his jumper.

Martin had a really underrated career. He averaged 17.4 points in 714 career games, averaged at least 20 points a game in six different seasons, and he was productive everywhere he went. It is curious to wonder what his fit would have looked like next to Iverson.



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Story originally appeared on Sixers Wire

Source: Yahoo Sports


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