Philadelphia 76ers Draft Report

Breaking down the draft picks and the roster outlook of the Philadelphia 76ers heading into the NBA draft

2017-18 W/L: 52-30 2018-19 W/L: 51-31

Finished 3rd in the eastern conference (Lost 4-3 to Toronto in the eastern conference semifinals)

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Team Needs: PG, SG, SF

Free Agents: Tobias Harris, J.J. Redick, Boban Marjanovic, Mike Scott, Amir Johnson, Furkan Korkmaz, T.J. McConnell

Under Contract: Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, Jonathan Simmons, Zhaire Smith, Jonah Bolden

Player Option: Jimmy Butler, James Ennis 

Pick 1: 1st Round-24th Overall

Players who could be available and fit with this pick:

PG: Carsen Edwards, Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Ty Jerome

SG/SF: KZ Okpala, Cameron Johnson, Louis King, Matisse Thybulle, Kevin Porter Jr.

PF/C: Naz Reid, Goga Bitadze, Bruno Fernando, Mfiondu Kabengele, Nicolas Claxton

Pick 2: 2nd Round-32nd Overall

Pick 3: 2nd Round-33rd Overall

Players who could be available and fit with these two picks:

PG: Carsen Edwards, Ty Jerome, Ky Bowman

SG/SF: KZ Okpala, Kris Wilkes, Dylan Windler, Talen Horton-Tucker, Ignas Brazdeikis

PF/C: Naz Reid, Daniel Gafford, Nicolas Claxton, Mfiondu Kabengele, Luka Samanic

Pick 4: 2nd Round-42nd Overall

Players who could be available and fit with this pick:

PG: Jordan Bone, Ky Bowman, Jalen Lecque

SG/SF: Chuma Okeke, Jaylen Hoard, Miye Oni, Darius Bazley, Luguentz Dort

PF/C: Simisola Shittu, Grant Williams, Jalen Mcdaniels

Pick 5: 2nd Round-54th Overall

Players who could be available and fit with this pick:

PG: Jaylen Hands, Jared Harper, Shamorie Ponds, Tremont Waters, Adam Mokoka

SG/SF: Joshua Obiesie, Deividas Sirvydis, Brian Bowen, Daquan Jeffries, Cody Martin

PF/C: Dewan Hernandez, Eric Paschall, Tacko Fall, Moses Brown, Dedric Lawson

The 76ers made a run at a championship, but fell short losing to Toronto in game 7 of the eastern conference semifinals. Jimmy Butler, Tobias Harris, J.J. Redick, Boban Marjanovic, Mike Scott, Amir Johnson, and T.J. McConnell could all be gone making the outlook of their roster uncertain heading into the draft. Joel Embiid continues to be a star and the team shipped off Markelle Fultz looking to go in another direction for their point guard of the future. Ben Simmons has another year left on his deal before he will most likely be maxed out, although there is no guarantee that will be in Philadelphia if he becomes a free agent. The good news is that they will be able to go after free agents and have a chance at signing players that can help Embiid and Simmons take the team to the next level with postseason success. However it is a gamble when your roster could potentially have a lot of turnover and they might not be able to recreate the same success they had with the current group. There is also a chance that many of those free agents return to the 76ers for another playoff run, and their draft picks can help add depth to whatever free agents they choose to bring in. Zhaire Smith is a first round pick that has not really had his chance with the team so expect to see him get more of a shot at playing time going forward. 

Philadelphia owns 5 picks as of now, and they will certainly be looking to acquire players or move up in the draft once it begins. At #24, #32, and #33 they will be considering many of the same players due to the wide range of players that teams view as late first round or early second round possibilities. If they want to choose a point guard Carsen Edwards would fit well with Simmons since he plays as the primary ball handler at times and Edwards has a strong ability to play off and on the ball. Nickeil Alexander-Walker and Ty Jerome can play both shooting guard and point guard, although both players have wide projections and could be off of the board for the picks they are targeting. KZ Okpala and Dylan Windler would immediately provide an outside shooting ability from the wing, and Ignas Brazdeikis could do the same. They do need to find a back up big man for Embiid and Mfiondu Kabengele would be a good addition that could fill the role. Daniel Gafford would also be an interesting selection due to the fact that he could potentially play alongside Embiid at times with Gafford being used exclusively down low. The #42 and the #53 selection will likely come down to the best player available on their board, and Jaylen Hands or Shamorie Ponds could be good choices if they want to select a point guard. Daquan Jeffries would be a solid choice if he is there at #54 with his play making and defensive abilities, while Tacko Fall could be a project big man that you take in hopes he can back up Embiid. If we were drafting for Philadelphia we would take a point guard or a shooting guard with the 24th pick depending on what prospect is available, followed by more scoring minded wings or a versatile big man with the 32nd and 33rd selection. With their last pick we would take a player that could potentially back up Embiid like Tacko Fall, Dewan Hernandez or Dedric Lawson. 

 

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