What Can the Philadelphia Eagles Learn from the Sixers?

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Feb 4, 2014; Waco, TX, USA; Kansas Jayhawks center Joel Embiid (21) warms up before the game against the Baylor Bears at the Ferrell Center. The Jayhawks defeated the Bears 69-52. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

The first the Eagles can learn from this situation is that today’s sports fans understand what makes sense for their team. What this means is that while hopefully this will not need to happen anytime soon, it would not be a bad idea to purposely subject your team to numerous losses in order to insure that you receive a certain prospect that can help take you to the championship. Fans understand this. Fans even understand this twice. Fans do not understand it when you set yourself up for failure for the next three years, that is not okay with fans. I understand what Sixers general manager Sam Hinkie is thinking, and where he is coming from, but as a fan I do not enjoy it.

The next thing that the Eagles should learn from this Sixers and their draft strategy is very important. When asked about what his plans were for the draft, general manager Hinkie gave little to no content of value in his response. He wanted his plans to be a mystery. Meanwhile he wanted to know everyone else’s plans. He watched teams and followed their needs and who they liked, it was then that the Orlando Magic revealed themselves as his target. It was no secret that the Magic needed a point guard, and that they had watched and been impressed by a small school player named Elfrid Payton. The only issue with his plan is that the Magic also had the fourth pick in the draft and may have wanted the higher profile Australian point guard, Dante Exum. But the fourth pick came and went and no point guard was selected, so Hinkie set his trap and grabbed Elfrid Payton with the tenth pick. Devastated the Magic paid a hefty price (A future first and second round pick) to acquire the man they should have had all along and move up only two spots.

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