2013 NBA Draft: Philadelphia 76ers Draft Arsalan Kazemi 54th Overall

Kazemi, first Iranian ever to be drafted (via NYTimes)

As the moves keep coming, we keep updating, and next up for the Philadelphia 76ers is Oregon transfer Arsalan Kazemi, from Iran. He spent three years at Rice before transferring to Oregon for his senior season.

I interviewed Ducks assistant coach Kevin McKenna, who had this to say about Kazemi: “Great worker, smart player, relentless rebounder, very good ball screen defender. Very competitive. High character guy, pure class, humble.”

McKenna agrees offensive skill set needs work, but says prolific defense and rebounding will “translate to the NBA.”

Kazemi averaged 9.4 points and 10.0 rebounds per game at Oregon, considered the most underrated rebounder in this year’s draft. Expect him to compete for a spot (maybe even starting) on the roster while Nerlens Noel recovers and then to spend part of the year with the 87ers. Best pro comparison is Reggie Evans.

Grade: A-


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Categories: 76ers, Beat Writing

Author:Manav Khandelwal

I am the founder of Khandyman Sports, and follow all Philadelphia pro sports teams religiously. I also write for the Hoop76, covering the Sixers for ESPN, and am a credentialed Flyers reporter for Main Line Media News.

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2 Comments on “2013 NBA Draft: Philadelphia 76ers Draft Arsalan Kazemi 54th Overall”

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