5 Players The Sixers Could Target With 24th Pick In NBA Draft
After three seasons of losing and gobbling up assets, the Sixers will not be a part of the lottery this season, after finishing 51-31, third in the Eastern Conference.
That means they hold the 24th pick in next month’s NBA Draft. That also means they will not be adding a player like Ben Simmons or Joel Embiid this year.
But there’s still some pretty good talent the Sixers can target with the non-lottery pick. Look no further than their current roster, Jimmy Butler was the 30th pick, Tobias Harris was selected 19th, Mike Scott was a second-round pick, going 43rd.
Will they look for some depth at center behind Joel Embiid, add some length and shooting on the wings or maybe even consider adding another ball handler to play with Ben Simmons?
Sixers GM Elton Brand indicated that the team needed players that can play right now, older players, and defensive minded players.
With Tuesday night's NBA Draft Lottery, mock draft season is heating up. Here are five names you might hear linked to the Sixers at No. 24 in the next month leading up to the NBA Draft.
1. Cameron Johnson – F, North Carolina
He fits the mold as an older player who can probably play right away. A 6-8, three-and-D player, who averaged 16.9 points per game, while hitting on 46% of this three-point shots. A very good defender, who could contribute right away at that end of the floor.
2. Ty Jerome - G, Virginia
A point guard with good size, who can also shoot the three and is a very good defender, who can guard multiple positions. He is also a very good free-throw shooter, and can set others up, but will struggle with speed and athleticism in the NBA. The 6-5 combo guard averaged 13.6 points, 5.5 assists and 4.2 rebounds in 33.9 minutes per game
3. Mfiondu Kabengele - C, Florida State
A very good offensive rebounder and shot-blocker could be a perfect fit behind Joel Embiid in that role. At 6’10’’, 250 pounds, he possesses a body, with a a 7'3 wingspan and can even step out at shoot the three-point shot. He is also a redshirt sophomore, so he is a little older and could be ready to step into a reserve role right away.
4. Bruno Fernando - C, Maryland
He is a intriguing man with size and athleticism, who could be used in a reserve big man role behind Embiid, after averaging 13.6 points and 10.6 rebounds his sophomore season at Maryland.
5. Louis King, F, Oregon
A very good athlete who can take the ball to the rim and score in the paint. A good defender, who can guard multiple positions, and is a good, not great three-point shooter, hitting 39% from behind the arc this season.