ESPN Mock Draft: Sixers Select Andrew Wiggins at No. 3
The Sixers could be getting their guy.
According to the latest installment of an ESPN Mock Draft, the Sixers will be able to select Andrew Wiggins with the third overall pick in next month's NBA Draft.
ESPN NBA insider John Goodman released his latest mock draft installment and how Kansas C Joel Embiid going to Cleveland first overall, followed by Duke guard Jabari Parker being selected by Milwaukee at the second spot.
Said Goodman on scenario that will unfold to Milwaukee at No. 2:
"The Bucks will have a choice between the ultra-athletic Wiggins and the skilled Parker if Embiid is off the board. That will be an agonizing decision for GM John Hammond, who will balance taking the more-NBA ready Parker and Wiggins, who appears to have the higher upside. Hammond can ill afford to miss here, and that will be why he ultimately goes with Parker."
That leaves the highly touted Kansas forward in Wiggins for the Sixers to draft with the third overall selection.
Wiggins is said to have the most 'upside' in a deep draft class, something that the Sixers and GM Sam Hinkie should be attracted to with a "together we build" philosophy.
Parker is said to be the most NBA ready player in this draft, but his athleticism and defense falls short when compared to Wiggins.
Embiid is an interesting case going to Cleveland with the first selection. He's played competitive basketball all but four years and a back injury suffered late last season has raised some red flags with teams.
The Sixers lottery selections don't stop at Wiggins third overall, the team also hold the tenth overall selection acquired in the Jrue Holiday trade with the New Orleans Pelicans a year ago.
For that selection, Goodman has the Sixers selecting sophomore Nik Stauskas. The Michigan small forward stands at a lengthy 6 foot 7 inches and considered a great shooter.
"If the Sixers wind up grabbing Wiggins with the No. 3 pick, with this selection they should target a guy who can make shots. Stauskas is a big-time shooter who is a deceptive athlete, possesses a high basketball IQ and also has good size."
It will be interesting to see if Creighton sharp shooter Doug McDermott is on the board at ten, Goodman has the Charlotte Hornets selecting him ninth overall.
The Sixers also posses a league high 5 second round picks that may be used in trades and such on draft night.
The 2014 NBA Draft is Thursday, June 26th.