Sixers Nab No. 10 Pick In NBA Draft
Now that we know the Sixers will pick No. 10 overall in the upcoming NBA Draft on June 21, its time to take a look at who exactly the team might be taking with that pick.
On Monday, ESPN released its latest NBA mock draft.
At No. 10, which is where the Sixers will be drafting in a pick acquired from the Lakers, along with pick 26, ESPN’s Jonathan Givony mocks Villanova small forward Mikal Bridges with pick 10 and Miami guard Bruce Brown with pick 26.
In 116 career games, Bridges averaged 11.3 points per game and shot .400 from three-point land. This season, as a junior, Bridges averaged a career best 17.7 points and shot .435 from three-point range, helping lead the Wildcats to the National Championship.
As for Brown, in 52 career games, he averaged 11.7 points per game, but is noted to be a very gritty and tough perimeter defender.
10. Philadelphia 76ers (via Lakers)
Height: 6-7 | Weight: 200
The 76ers have gotten great production out of JJ Redick and Marco Belinelli, but with both players approaching free agency -- and their mid-30s -- it makes sense to think about drafting a wing who can complement their building blocks of Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons and Markelle Fultz.
Bridges is an easy player to slot on almost any NBA roster, thanks to his multipositional defensive versatility, 3-point shooting and role-player potential. He isn't as gifted a shot creator as you'd like from a top-10 pick, but on this roster, he won't need to be.
Starting salary: $3,522,480
26. Philadelphia 76ers
Height: 6-3 | Weight: 200
The Sixers are loaded at most positions and might not be looking to add as many rookies to their roster as they have draft picks. If they keep this pick, they'll want to add someone who brings toughness, versatility and defense, and who doesn't need to dominate the ball to be effective, all characteristics Brown seems to possess.
Although he had a disappointing season that ended with an injury, Brown is a willing passer, lockdown defender and gritty rebounder, and he has shown enough promise with his jump shot at times to lead you to believe he will become adequate there eventually. There's a significant market for players in his mold, provided he has a strong pre-draft process.
Starting salary: $1,689,000