Give and Go: Do Sixers really deserve an All-Star?

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Give and Go: Do Sixers really deserve an All-Star?

Each week, we'll ask questions about the Sixers to our resident basketball analysts and see what they have to say.

Running the Give and Go this week are CSNPhilly.com columnist John Gonzalez, CSNPhilly.com producer/reporter Matt Haughton and CSN anchor Amy Fadool.

Does any Sixer really deserve to be an All-Star?

Gonzalez
If anyone deserves it, it's Thad Young. He's having an excellent season -- career-bests in points, steals and assists per game, three-point percentage and three-pointers made per game. Plus he's still an excellent defender, and his per-game rebounds are in line with the best numbers of his career. Not to mention that the East -- as Kramer once said about the Ukraine -- is weak. That should help Young.

Haughton
Evan Turner appeared to be the Sixer with the best chance at an All-Star nod earlier in the season before tailing off. Young would clearly be the only one on the team with a serious case at this point. He is putting up a career-best season, all while hearing his name pop up in trade rumors. The only thing that might hold him back is the Sixers' poor record.

Fadool
One thing I admire about the NBA is that it doesn't have an All-Star from every team like you see in MLB. Not every team has a true "All-Star," and as the Sixers have seen over the last few years, you don't automatically get one. Having said that, I think Young is having an All-Star stretch, and I would give him the nod. Over a recent eight-game stretch, Young averaged 26.5 points per game and 7.5 rebounds per contest. Oh, and the Sixers won five of those eight games. So he's certainly proving that he's invaluable to the Sixers. However, I'm not sure Young will get enough recognition to get the All-Star honor.

Report: Sixers, Pelicans had 'similar' package to DeMarcus Cousins deal in place

Report: Sixers, Pelicans had 'similar' package to DeMarcus Cousins deal in place

The Kings and Pelicans made waves after Sunday's NBA All-Star Game with the huge trade that sent superstar DeMarcus Cousins to New Orleans.

Sacramento sent Cousins to New Orleans for a package that included rookie Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway and first- and second-round picks this in this year's draft.

But the Sixers and Pelicans reportedly were very close recently on deal for a "similar" package in exchange for Jahlil Okafor, according to ESPN's Ramona Shelbourne.

That "similar" package was reportedly minus Hield.

So while the Pelicans are now almost certainly out of the running for Okafor, they've still made an impact on the Sixers in the near future.

Remember, the Sixers have the right to swap picks with the Kings in this year's draft via the Nik Stauskas deal in 2015.

So with Sacramento's brightest star now gone, that pick swap could be looking better and better for the Sixers.

As for Okafor, what does all this mean for his status with the Sixers?

Reports: Kings trade DeMarcus Cousins to Pelicans

Reports: Kings trade DeMarcus Cousins to Pelicans

NEW ORLEANS -- The Sacramento Kings have agreed to trade DeMarcus Cousins and Omri Casspi to the New Orleans Pelicans in exchange for Tyreke Evans, 2016 first-round draft pick Buddy Hield, Langston Galloway and first- and second-round draft picks this summer, a person familiar with the situation said Sunday night.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the trade is not official and has not been announced by either team.

The deal pairs the 6-foot-11 Cousins, a frontcourt All-Star from nearby Mobile, Alabama, with the 6-11 Anthony Davis, who on Sunday night was the All-Star Game MVP after scoring 52 points, breaking Wilt Chamberlain's 1962 record of 42.

The move also sends a message that the Pelicans are committed to a push for a playoff spot.

New Orleans (23-34) went into the All-Star break 2 games behind Denver for the eighth and final playoff seeding in the Western Conference.

Cousins, like Davis a former collegiate star at Kentucky, is averaging 27.8 points and 10.6 rebounds this season. But he is due to become a free agent in 2018 unless the Pelicans can sign him to an All-Star caliber extension.

The Kings get a player with a lot of potential in Hield, although he has been inconsistent during his rookie season out of Oklahoma, where as a senior he was one of the best players in the nation.

Hield is averaging 8.6 points but has been explosive at times, with a season high of 21 points. The 6-6 Evans, who can play point guard, shooting guard or small forward, will be entering a second stint in Sacramento, where he was drafted in 2009 and went on to be Rookie of the Year. Galloway has been a solid reserve, providing scoring punch from the perimeter.

The 6-9 Casspi has been playing about 19 minutes per game for the Kings this season, averaging 5.9 points and 4.1 rebounds.