Every weekend, the Sixers writers at Khandyman Sports will be publishing a mock draft, projecting who the Sixers will select with each pick. Up first, Luke Green.
We all know what the Philadelphia 76ers (15-47) are up to this season. They are purposely tanking this year for the draft. This year’s class is said to be the best in a very long time, and Philly will most likely have two top 10 picks this year. The question is, who should they select? At first, it seemed like the Sixers were going Winless for Wiggins, but could they be gunning for different players come draft time?
1st Round, 2nd Overall: SF/PF Jabari Parker
The Sixers currently have two top-10 picks at their disposal. As of now, they would have the second overall and the tenth overall. With his first overall pick, Sam Hinkie will be looking at the best player available. This draft class is so full of talent that you cannot go wrong with any pick. If Jabari Parker, the 6’8″ PF from Duke is available, he is the guy that would help the Sixers in the future.
He is the standout freshman in college basketball, 1 of 4 first-year players to be nominated for the prestigious Wooden Award. Averaging 18.8 ppg and 9.0 rebounds per game, Parker has got it all. Not only can he get to the bucket effortlessly, but he also has some range on his jumpshot as well. He is good with his left and right hands, and is the most versatile player I have seen in a very long time. He would work very well with Nerlens Noel and Michael Carter-Williams offensively. The trio would would compliment each other well and could create a dominant team in the future.
1st Round, 10th Overall (from NO): SG James Young
What the Philadelphia 76ers lack is a natural shooting guard who they can count on to make clutch shots. Kentucky guard James Young would be the perfect fit for this role. Averaging 14.4 ppg, Young is shooting 34% from 3 point range. Not only can this guy shoot, but he has the size to dominate guards.
Standing at 6’6, he and MCW would bully guards defensively with their long reach. The Sixers already have some Kentucky blood in their team—with Nerlens Noel—and more of it would not hurt.
2nd Round, 32nd Overall: PF James Michael McAdoo
These second-round picks will be mainly used as depth and trade value for the Sixers, but there could be a valuable sixth man waiting in the wings. UNC PF James Michael-McAdoo could provide valuable depth for Philadelphia. He has had a great year so far for the Tar Heels, averaging 14.2 points and 6.6 rebounds per game, and is a big presence in the paint. The Sixers are a youthful team, and McAdoo could provide some energy coming off the bench in the front court.
2nd Round, 39th Overall (from CLE): G Roy Devyn Marble
Roy Devyn Marble could be drafted by the Sixers in the second round simply because of his versatility. Being able to play as a big man or a guard, Marble could provide some important depth to Philly. He is a senior for an exciting Iowa Hawkeyes team, and is a proven scorer, averaging 17.3 ppg. His height, at 6’6″, and length would also suggest him being a good fit for this team considering Sam Hinkie’s affinity for tall, long guards.
2nd Round, 45th Overall (from MEM): PG Russ Smith
Everyone in college basketball fears Russ Smith. This guy is a leader, and is lightning quick. His size is no issue; he is fearless and unafraid to take anyone into the paint. He is averaging 18 ppg and shoots 46% from the field. He could be valuable backup to MCW.
2nd Round, 4th Overall (from BRK): G Jordan McRae
Jordan McRae was the SEC Player of the Year in 2013 and is a solid all-around scorer. He has the physique of a SF and averages 19.1 ppg and is shooting 43% from the field. As a role player, McRae could provide some valuable minutes in the future; he’d be more dependable than Tony Wroten or James Anderson.
2nd Round, 56th Overall (from HOU): PG Dmitry Kuligan
This late in the draft, it doesn’t hurt to take a risk. The Sixers have enough draft picks to basically draft an entire team. The Russian Dmitry Kuligan is a PG that has lots of creativity and can make a play out of nothing. He could get some minutes if the Sixers decide to draft him.
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