SBNation.com NBA writer Tom Ziller took a look back at the 2007 NBA to assign some grades in hindsight. This was of course the draft where Greg Oden went #1 and Kevin Durant went #2… we all know how that turned out.
Overall it was a pretty shallow draft, but the Sixers ended up making out pretty well. At #12, they were able to grab one of the 5 best players in the entire draft, Thaddeus Young.
Thaddeus Young (12), Jason Smith (20), Derrick Byars (42), Herbert Hill (55)
Young is one of the top five players from this draft, so that’s a big win. But the Sixers needed a bit more out of their second first-round pick; there are a good number of better prospects who were available, and Smith did little for Philadelphia before being spun to New Orleans.