Tuesday, May 30 2023

The Philadelphia 76ers had the 10th pick in the 2018 NBA draft as they were looking to build off a very successful 2017-18 season when they reached Round 2 of the playoffs led by Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons. The Sixers were looking to add to the young core that they had.

With the 10th pick, they selected Mikal Bridges out of Villanova and the pick was viewed as a no-brainer. Bridges was the 3-and-D wing that the team needed, he was a local product, and his mother worked for the organization. It was an easy choice to make.

However, the Sixers then sent Bridges to the Phoenix Suns for the 16th pick which turned out to be Zhaire Smith. Since then, Bridges has been a solid role player in this league helping the Suns make the finals in 2021 and he is now averaging 27.5 points for the Brooklyn Nets while Smith only played 13 games in the league.

Bridges’ teammate at Villanova, Kris Jenkins who is famous for his game-winning shot in the 2016 national championship to beat North Carolina, took to Twitter to call the Sixers out about the Bridges trade.

At the moment, the Sixers would face Bridges and the Nets in Round 1 of the playoffs. Philadelphia is in a great position to contend for a title led by Embiid and James Harden, but having a guy like Bridges on the roster would have been a big help to their title plans.


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Story originally appeared on Sixers Wire

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