jimbomill...thanks for your thoughts and its interesting to me that you were the first responder to comment on the value of that pick. It well could be the #1 pick in the whole nation and while I am a Warrior fan and admire Simmons from afar I am ambivalent to the deal and suspect many 6er fans only remember Russell from the playoffs last year and have not seen him play this year. The guard has become a veritable scoring machine [high of 52, consistently in the high 20's, low 30's] while still being arguably the best pick and roll guard in the league, something that seems almost non existent to Simmons game.
And Russell has been a very high quality 3 point shooter, something Simmons will never be. Defensively there is no comparison, Simmons is one of the best in the league. But to wonder why two great players [Simmons and Embiid] can't find a way to co-exist with their skills is to ignore the history of the league. I will only speak as a long time Warrior fan but have witnessed it often. Hard to believe but Wilt Chamberlain and Nate Thurmond played together on the same frontline till the Warriors realized it was simply not going to work, the 76ers were the beneficiaries of the Wilt deal but Thurmond and the Warriors flourished with a clogged low post.
Rick Barry and Guy Rodgers [another Philadelphia guy] were brilliant players but both needed the ball and the Dubs decided they wanted it in Barry's hands instead of Rodgers and jettisoned the HOF guard to Chicago for Jeff Mullins and Jimmy King, a deal that benefited both teams.
Look, the talk of this potential down the road deal is picking up steam here on the Left Coast and while I still doubt it happens, it should not be dismissed so easily. Russell and either a LaMar Ball or Edwards from Georgia would sure space the 76er floor and make Embiid more difficult to defend than he is now. And while the perception is that Russell doesn't like to speed up the pace like Simmons does, it sure seems to me that this pace would be precisely what this 76er team would prefer to play.
Simmons loves to run, as do the Warriors and would seem to benefit them equally well. There was a site that zambonir sent us to that discussed the potential deal and I found it interesting that the perception among the fans [Warriors and 76ers] was split...both sides thought they were giving up too much.
Sounded precisely like what is probably a fair deal when both sides protest!