1st Round, 11th Pick: Cody Zeller (Indiana), C/PF
I have said it before and I’m going to say it again: Cody Zeller is one of the most well-rounded players in this year’s draft. His physical abilities combined with his knowledge of the game can be very valuable for the Sixers. If the Trail Blazers pass on Zeller, the Sixers will definitely draft him 11th. He provides a fantastic presence in the paint that the Sixers have lacked these last couple of years.
2012-2013 college stats: 16.5 PPG, 8.1 RPG, 1.3 BPG, .562 FG %
2nd Round, 35th Pick: Erick Green (Virginia Tech), PG/SG
Erick Green can complement Jrue Holiday rivery well. Entering the draft as a senior, he is an experienced player that made an impact at Virginia Tech—he did win the 2012-2013 ACC Player of the Year award, after all. The Sixers need a another go-to guy that can help Jrue towards the end of games. He can handle the ball, shoot well, and his 6’3″ frame can help on defense.
2012-2013 college stats: 25.0 PPG, 3.8 APG, 1.3 SPG, .475 FG %, .398 3-PT %
2nd Round, 42nd Pick: C.J Leslie (N.C State), SF/PF
C.J Leslie is a very explosive player that can play almost everywhere on the court. His speed combined with his sheer strength at 6’9″ can really give the Sixers that extra edge. The Sixers lack the player that can provide high energy and get them back into a tough game. Leslie can be another peice of the puzzle that the Sixers are trying to make, especially if they decide to trade Evan Turner.
2012-2013 college stats: 15.1 PPG, 7.4 RPG, 1.2 BPG, 1.0 SPG, .519 FG %
This draft can be a make or break year for Philly. It is a very talented group of players, and Sixers have a tough choice. These 3 players can improve their roster dramatically. They can have a big man that can dominate down low in Cody Zeller, another gaurd who can assist in Jrue Holiday;s magic in Erick Green, and a high energy talent in C.J Leslie. If these players are brought in, it will be looking good for Philly in the upcoming season.