Sixers add some local flavor in the NBA Draft, but only briefly

'You got to trust the process, as they say.'

Andrew Kramer
June 22, 2018 - 8:17 am
Mikal Bridges (Villanova) walks onto the stage after being selected as the number ten overall pick to the Philadelphia 76ers in the first round of the 2018 NBA Draft at the Barclays Center.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — With the 10th pick in the 2018 NBA draft, the Philadelphia 76ers selected Mikal Bridges, a key player in Villanova University's two championship runs in the last three seasons. 

Fan Timothy Lewis saw Bridges as a perfect fit in Philly.

"Local boy, championship mentality, we're going places with this one," Lewis said. "He played as a role player with Villanova. It just so happened that the compartmentalization of that role is exactly what we're looking for on our team."

It was hard to find a single Sixers fan who was anything but happy with the selection of Bridges. That includes fans Van and Hayden.

"Very smart pick," said Van. "Disciplined, sharp shooter. Any Villanova player, you can't go wrong."

"It will be awesome for the city to have a local guy who can help put us to the next level," said Hayden.

Then, less than an hour later, the Sixers traded Bridges away.

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The former Wildcat was traded to the Phoenix Suns for Zhaire Smith and a future first round pick, shocking many Sixers fans, but not totally disappointing them.

"You got to trust the process, as they say, and hang in there with him," said one fan.

Smith was the 16th pick in the draft. 

"I think in the long run, it'll be a good trade," said a fan. "He's younger, probably has more upside. With Mikal Bridges being from 'Nova, I'm sure a lot of people are upset, but I think in the long run it'll be good."