The excitement of Daryl Morey signing on as president of basketball operations has set into reality at this point.
Looking ahead for the Sixers, the draft is fast approaching.

So, what do the past selections by Daryl Morey indicate about what direction the team will go on November 18th?

2007 Draft // G Aaron Brooks

In the 2007 draft, Morey selected Aaron Brooks with the 26th overall pick. Brooks played four years in college for the Oregon Ducks and had career averages of 13.1 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 4.1 assists per game.

Brooks had a 10-year career in the NBA and proved to be a very solid player in the league.

2008 Draft // F Nicolas Batum

Morey took a different approach in this draft and selected Nicolas Batum 25th overall. Batum was a young 19-year-old coming out of France and was seen as very capable of being a great glue guy in the league.

Batum was traded on draft night to Portland for Donte Green, Joey Dorsey, and a second-round pick. Batum clearly proved himself to be the best player in this trade and went on to have some really good years in Portland.

2010 Draft // F Patrick Patterson

In 2010, Morey selected Patrick Patterson with the 14th pick in the draft. Patterson played in Houston for two and a half seasons, producing a career-high 11.6 points per game in the 2012-13 season before being traded to Sacramento.

Patterson was a junior coming out of Kentucky in the 2010 draft and was seen as a safe and reliable pick at this spot in the draft. Patterson turned out to be just that and just last season played for the Los Angeles Clippers and averaged 4.9 points and 2.6 rebounds in 13.2  minutes per game.

2011 Draft // F Marcus Morris

In 2011, Marcus Morris was selected with the 14th pick. This pick is hindered by the fact that Kawhi Leonard was chosen with the very next pick by the Indiana Pacers before he was traded to the Spurs on draft night. With the 23rd and 38th picks, Morey took Nikola Mirotic and Chandler Parsons.

All three of these players had successful runs in the NBA. Morris had an excellent season with the Knicks and Clippers this year, Mirotic was an excellent shooter in the league for a few years, and Parsons was a really solid player before his career was derailed due to injury.

2012 Draft // G Jeremy Lamb, G Royce White, F Terrence Jones

The Rockets had three first-round picks this year. Morey chose Jeremy Lamb, Royce White, and Terrence Jones with his three selections.

None of these players have gone on to have particularly successful careers. Jeremy Lamb, however, went on to be a big piece in the James Harden trade.

As we all know, prying Harden from the Thunder has gone down as one of the most lopsided trades in NBA history.

2013 Draft // G Isiah Canaan

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In the 2013 draft, the Rockets ended up with just one second-round pick and chose Isaiah Canaan. I’m sure we all remember Canaan’s tenure with the 76ers during the process years.

Not a particularly exciting selection, but nonetheless Morey drafted a player we all have good memories of.

2014 Draft // C Clint Capela

Morey selected Clint Capela with the 25th pick in the 2014 draft. Capela had a good stretch as the Rockets starting center before Morey went all-in on small ball and traded him to Atlanta at the trade deadline this previous season. For a late first-round selection, Capela provided the Rockets with tremendous value.

2015 Draft // F Sam Dekker, F/C Montrezl Harrell

The 2015 draft brought the Rockets, Sam Dekker, with the 18th pick and Montrezl Harrell with the 32nd pick. Dekker was clearly a miss, but Morey struck gold with the early second-round selection in Harrel. Harrel, Dekker, and a slew of other players already on Houston’s roster were all part of the big Chris Paul trade.

Looking at Harrel’s career to this point, he has made massive improvements and just won the Sixth Man of the Year. Yet again Daryl found value with a later selection that was incorporated in a trade for a star.

2016 Draft // C Chinanu Onuaku, C Zhou Qi

The 2016 draft resulted in Chinanu Onuaku and Zhou Qi.

Not much else needs to be said about these two rare misses from Morey.

2017 Draft // C Isaiah Hartenstein, G Dillon Brooks

In 2017, Morey yet again only had a couple of second-round picks to work with. He chose Isaiah Hartenstein and Dillon Brooks.

Brooks ended up being traded to Memphis and he’s carved out a role for himself in the league. Hartenstein is still very much a work in progress.

2018 Draft // G De’Anthony Melton, G Vince Edwards

This is the most recent draft that Daryl Morey has made a selection.

De’Anthony Melton and Vince Edwards were the two second-round picks in this draft for the Rockets. Melton was a sophomore coming out of USC and was eventually traded to Phoenix for Marquese Chriss and Brandon Knight. Melton still has plenty of room to grow, but has made improvements and become an important part of the Memphis Grizzlies.

Over the years, Morey has proven capable of finding talent in the late first round and second round of drafts. More recently, he’s shown a willingness to trade several draft picks in order to obtain productive players that complemented his star, James Harden.

If the Sixers keep their picks in this draft, Morey will have several options to find a player(s) that can find a role on the team almost immediately. It would come as no surprise, however, if Morey makes a statement by finding trades involving one or more of the draft picks to find established, complementary pieces to go alongside Embiid and Simmons.

Draft season is upon us and I could not be more excited to see how Daryl Morey starts his tenure with the Philadelphia 76ers.

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