What Will Sixers Do After 1st Pick?

Gary Harris (credit: Sports Illustrated.com)

Gary Harris (credit: Sports Illustrated.com)

All the talk about the upcoming NBA Draft for the Sixers focuses on what the team will do with their first selection and rightfully so. The Sixers will have a legitimate opportunity to acquire Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker or Joel Embiid, each of which could be a franchise changing piece. However, the draft doesn’t end there.

The Sixers will potentially have another six selections after their first. Five of those will come in a second round that by comparison is quite rich in talent much like the first round.

So, what will the Sixers do after their first pick?

The next selection will more than likely be another top ten pick acquired from the Pelicans in the Nerlens Noel for Jrue Holiday swap. The pick is currently projected to be the tenth overall and there will be a number of key pieces available there that could have as much star potential as players taken in the top five.

Potential Picks at 10:

  • Gary Harris, SG Michigan State 6’4 210: Harris has all the intangibles to step in and make an impact for the Sixers right away. Harris is a solid defensive option and is versatile on offense. He can shoot the ball and finish at the rim. Harris can handle the ball well and would take over some of the ball handling duties to make the Sixers offense more versatile. He can create his own shot and play off the ball. Harris would be slotted in immediately as the starting two guard next to Michael Carter-Williams considering the Sixers lack of talent at that position.
  • Doug McDermott, SF/PF Creighton 6’8 210: McDermott is a flat out scorer. The senior out of Creighton averaged 26.7 points per game last season and proved that he is a lethal scoring machine. He uses his smarts to score in a variety of ways and shot 44.9% from three last season. McDermott will struggle on the defensive end against more athletic NBA players but he can be a strong scoring option, especially coming off an NBA bench. McDermott, depending on what the Sixers do with their first selection or based on what they do with Thaddeus Young, could be a starter for the Sixers on day one.
  • Nik Stauskas, SG Michigan 6’6 190: Stauskas really came on for Michigan last season. He proved that he is an elite shooter and his length allows him to get in the lane against most smaller defender. Stauskas has good leaping ability and can play above the rim when he needs to. He will struggle to be an elite NBA defender as he is a step slow, but his upside could be interesting for the Sixers. He would have a very good chance to start early for the Sixers.
  • Dario Saric, PF Croatia 6’10 223: Like most international prospects, Saric is not generating a ton of buzz with most casual NBA fans wondering who their team will pick. However, Saric has a lot to offer in his very unique skill set. Saric has the handles to operate as a point forward in the NBA. Think Hedo Turkoglu. Saric’s game still needs to develop a little on the defensive end and he could improve his shot. With that said he is only 20 years old and could develop into a star with the right coaching and system. Saric would more than likely start his Sixers career on the bench developing his craft behind Young.

These are just a few of the names that may get called with the Sixers second pick of the draft. A few other players like Power Forward Aaron Gordon of Arizona or Guard Marcus Smart of Oklahoma State could also go to the Sixers here but they would have to fall a few slots in terms of projections to get to 10.

Russ Smith (credit: Sports Illustrated)

Russ Smith (credit: Sports Illustrated)

Then comes the second round. The Sixers have five picks in the second round. For most teams, the second round picks are just guys to compete for a spot in training camp and more than likely they get cut. The Sixers however will be using the second round to fill out their roster.

With the majority of players on the current roster more than likely not coming back, the Sixers will be using the second round to add talent and try to find a diamond or two in the rough to continue building the culture. This year’s second round, unlike most, features a lot of well known names, some of which could develop into very good NBA players.

Potential Sixers 2nd Round Picks:

  • Glenn Robinson III, SF Michigan 6’6 220: Robinson, the son of former Sixer, Glenn Robinson, will most likely be a second round selection with an opportunity to sneak into the late first if he impresses in workouts. Robinson showed good athleticism and averaged just over 13 points last season. His offensive game is predicated around getting to the rim and slashing. He has a knack for finishing above the rim. His long range game could use improvement which would help to round out his overall game giving him a greater shot at success in the NBA. He could be a nice bench wing for the Sixers to put alongside players like James Anderson or Tony Wroten.
  • Patric Young, PF/C Florida 6’9 249: Young was known as the defensive anchor for the Florida Gators in his four years there. His greatest contribution early as an NBA player will be on that end of the floor. Although he does not have a polished offensive game, his rebounding ability and strength make him serviceable on offense. Young is a dunker and open lay up finisher but with work, he could develop a solid post game. The Sixers would have time to cultivate this while Young comes in and helps right away on defense. He would be an immediate upgrade for the team’s bench bigs
  • Russ Smith, PG Louisville 6’0 160: The Sixers will undoubtedly grab a point guard in this draft to play behind MCW. Once the team dealt Evan Turner away, Carter-Williams was the only player on the floor truly capable of creating offense for others. Wroten proved to be better off the ball as a slasher and is not a pure point guard. The Sixers will have a lot of potential guys to choose from to fill that role including National Champion Russ Smith. Smith showed an ability to be an above average scorer and a facilitator all rolled into one. Smith shot the three at a 39% clip and is described as fearless. His game has drawn him comparison to Allen Iverson. His tenacity and confidence could bring a lot to a young Sixers team and he would be a good player to promote a hard working culture for Brett Brown.
  • Keith Appling, PG Michigan State 6’2 170: Appling, much like Smith, could be a good option to plug in as a backup point guard for the Sixers. He is not as elite of a shooter as Smith but he ran the offense well, facilitated for his teammates and proved range out to the three. A potential pairing of Appling with his Michigan State teammate Harris, could give the Sixers some solid depth in the backcourt.
  • James Michael McAdoo, PF North Carolina 6’9 226: McAdoo is an athletic specimen that has had scouts salivating since he first arrived at UNC. Although he never became an elite college player, McAdoo’s potential is still going to be very enticing to NBA scouts looking to hit big in the second round. He has great athleticism and leaping ability. His long wing span allows him to be a factor on both sides of the floor and he has great basketball instincts. He will need to develop some savvy post moves to score on big NBA forwards but his ball handling and passing ability will give him an edge when he pulls those bigger players away from the rim.

So now you have a little more insight into what the Sixers could do in the NBA draft. It is fun to think about getting one of those top three picks, but Sixers fans should be really excited about the amount of depth the Sixers could add later in the draft. With five second round picks, the Sixers could actually land every player listed above. They would already make for a better NBA bench rotation than what the team had this past season.

Contending NBA teams are deep beyond their starting five. This year’s draft will present the Sixers with a rare opportunity to put multiple key pieces in place all at once.

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Posted on April 23, 2014, in 76ers, Ray Boyd and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Any thoughts on Adreian Payne to the Sixers at ~#10? He’s a outside threat that could space the floor especially with Noel in the middle. I think this would also be a strong complementary pick if we could (cross fingers) get wiggins or parker

    • I like Payne. Just going off of mock drafts, 10 might be a little high for him, but obviously if he impresses in workouts, mock drafts mean nothing. Look out for the possibility of the Sixers trading up into the late first round with all those second round picks. If they could acquire another pick in the 20’s, I could see them being interested.

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