While the Sixers’ pursuit of head coaching is currently in the spotlight, the NBA draft is an important component of what promises to be a challenging offseason for the team.
Thanks to Mike Muscala and the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Sixers will have a pick in the first round, number 21. They will also have picks 34, 36, 49 and 58.
Let’s see who some analysts took the Sixers in round one now that the draft order has been set.
Rob Schaefer, NBC Sports Chicago
Tyrell Terry (Stanford)
Ricky O’Donnell, SB Nation
Tyrell Terry (Stanford)
Schaefer: “The 76ers look like a tire fire right now, and part of the reason is the lack of perimeter creation and shooting. Terry has a wide range of possible draw results, but his electricity as a nerd is undeniable. His 4.9 3-point-per-game attempts in his freshman year at Stanford resulted from a series of screen curls and pulls out of dribbling, making the fact that he hit 40.8% of them even more. impressive. … It could be a top tier candle for a team in dire need of it. “
O’Donnell: “His ceiling will be determined by how really big his sweater becomes. If he fails to be special as a shooter, does he bring enough on the table in other areas to make up for his more obvious weaknesses? Teams will have justified size and defensive concerns here, but Terry is worth the risk at this point in the first round for a team like Philly that needs all the shooting they can get. “
In May, the Sixers selected Terry in our mock first round draft. He has a light build (6ft-2.160lbs) and needs to tighten the handle, but the bullish factor would be tempting if it were available. According to USA Today’s Bryan Kalbrosky, the 19-year-old “broke a record” for a basketball IQ test administered by NBA front offices.
Sam Vecenie, The Athletic
Josh Green (Arizona)
Vecenie: “The 76ers could use depth in the backcourt, or more options on the wing from a three-dimensional perspective. Really, most importantly, they just need shooters and perimeter players they can trust. I’m not entirely sure I totally trust Green on the shooting front, but he’s a high-level defensive potential who at least has the potential to throw the ball at some point if he can work with some mechanical changes. “
As Vecenie notes, the “3” part of the “3-and-D” equation isn’t a sure thing with the 6-foot-6 Green, who shot 36.1 percent from long distance in his single season in Arizona despite suboptimal mechanics, including a tendency to jump into his shot from a bit of a pigeon stance. His speed, athleticism and defensive talent are all attractive tools and one imagines he would play well alongside fellow Australian Ben Simmons.
Jonathan Givony, ESPN
Nico Mannion (Arizona)
Givony: After choosing to move Ben Simmons to power, the Sixers could claim their depth as a point guard. Mannion can play on or off the ball thanks to his perimeter shot and his aptitude for basketball, and he also has some advantages to grow into at just 19. “
Mannion only shot 39.2% from the ground and 32.7% from three-pointers in his year with Green in Arizona. Although he is an intuitive and creative pick-and-roll player and has a knack for pushing the ball forward in transition, Mannion doesn’t put much pressure on defense through dribbling. We have profiled it here.
Jeremy Woo, Sports Illustrated
Leandro Bolmaro (Barcelona)
Woo: “As a high guard who handles the ball with some creativity in his game and a player who can be hidden overseas for another year, he has a first-round appeal. Noting that Philadelphia also has two choices in the 1930s, it would make sense to consider moving this selection in the interest of adding to the roster via swap, then grabbing a potential role player or two in the second round. ”
The 6 foot 7 Bolmaro directing is his greatest strength. He has minimal EuroLeague experience and his sweater is questionable (even if not broken). If the plan is to draw one or two first-round second-round players who have a chance to help immediately, Bolmaro would be an intriguing choice.
James Ham, NBC Sports Bay Area
Isaiah Stewart (Washington)
Ham: Stewart has an NBA-ready physique and should be able to help a team early in his career. He lives in painting, surpasses his opponents and plays a physical style. Philly needs depth badly, especially in the post behind the often-injured Embiid. The Bruisers still have championship value and Stewart should be able to stay. ”
The Sixers could actually use a young backup center, especially if they end up finding a trade for Al Horford this off-season, but select Stewart at No. 21 on the decent perimeter options still appearing on the board might not make a lot of sense. Stewart is also not very nimble on defense, which could be a problem for him in the NBA.
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