We here at 3D Philly Sports understand the pain and suffering of our fellow Philly fans. Watching the Sixers play right now is just painful. Yeah yeah, it’s for a good cause down the road, but nobody should have to watch the Byron Mullens show. I wouldn’t wish that on my worst enemy right now.
So the Sixers trio, Michael Rozanski, Jacob Fischer and yours truly, Randy Jobst, bring you a sneak peak at part of the Sixers glorious offseason with a two-round Sixers mock draft. This mock is intended to show you two things, where the Sixers could be picking and who they could be picking. Remember if Mike(WinlessForWiggins) doesn’t take Andrew Wiggins, you have to berate him on twitter. Twitter accounts must be taken 100 percent seriously!
1st Round, 2nd Overall (pick 1-14 will be determined by a lottery)
Mike: Andrew Wiggins F/Kansas- You can’t go wrong with Wiggins or Jabari Parker here (assuming Embiid is taken #1 overall). However, Wiggins has the most upside of the two, and the Sixers have plenty of time for Wiggins to develop.
Jacob: Jabari Parker F/Duke- Parker is the most NBA ready player in the country and he would make an instant impact on this Sixers roster. Parker has the body type be a PF as well. He is incredibly strong and has great handles so the Sixers should have no problems letting him take the ball up the court, and getting him the rock at the top of the key. All great SF’s should be able to handle the basketball and be able to go to work in the post, which is exactly what Parker can do.
Randy: Andrew Wiggins F/Kansas- Parker and Randle have more immediate impact to their NBA teams, but Wiggins has the highest ceiling. He should become the best perimeter defender in this class and has the athleticism and shooting touch to be a consistent 20-25 point scorer as well. The small forward position is becoming the most important position in the game. The Heat, Pacers and Thunder all have elite players at that spot. Wiggins should be right up there with them in a couple years.
1st Round, 10th Overall (via New Orleans)
Mike: Zach Lavine G/UCLA- At 6’5, Lavine is a freakishly athletic combo guard. He has been a bit inconsistent in his freshman year (like Wiggins), but he and MCW could form an awesome backcourt in the future. It will be interesting as to how NBA GMs grade him going into the draft.
Jacob: Doug McDermott F/Creighton- McDermott’s game can be compared to that of Kyle Korver, except that McDermott has more rebounding capabilities. McDermott currently averages 25.9 points and 7.2 rebounds per game at Creighton. He has the ability to play SG as well, which is probably where the Sixers would put him if they draft a SF with their first pick. McDermott is an elite scorer and the Sixers definitely need scoring. The last time the Sixers had someone who was a reliable (not Nick Young) 3-point shooter was probably when Jodie Meeks was on the squad. If Jodie Meeks is your best 3-point shooter on the team, then that’s a problem. The Sixers definitely need a scorer. McDermott’s ability to get rebounds is an added plus for someone who’s game is primarily behind the 3-point arc.
Randy: Gary Harris G/Michigan State- I love Harris’s game. Kind of reminds me of Dwayne Wade. A shorter two guard with a good stroke who can get to the basket. He’s more NBA ready than Wiggins and could put up 15-20 points per game right away. The biggest concern is his health, which makes him even more like D-Wade.
2nd Round, 32nd Overall
Mike: Isaiah Austin C/Baylor- A former top recruit, eye problems have set Austin back in his basketball career, but he has made the most of his disability. Should he declare, he would bring length and shot blocking ability. He is also a very good jump shooter for a big man. Plus, you can never have too many 7-footers.
Jacob: Cleanthony Early F/Wichita State– Early is a senior from the regular season-undefeated Wichita State Shockers. This kid knows a thing or two about winning, which is drastically what the Sixers need after this tanking season. He is a 6’ 8″ 220 pound kid who can finish strong and has unbelievable athletic ability. He would be great role-player for the Sixers.
Randy: Glenn Robinson III F/Michigan- Last year it would seem irresponsible to mock him in the second round, but that is where most experts have him going. That speaks to the depth of this draft. GR3 is a good athlete with a pretty good basketball IQ, but he is passive at times and doesn’t project to be an elite scorer. I like him as a sixth man off the bench who can be a big spark for a team.
2nd Round, 39th Overall (via Cleveland)
Mike: C.J. Fair G/F/Syracuse- With a decent jumper, Fair won’t be a superstar, but he could be a solid bench player for the Sixers.
Jacob: PJ Hairston G/UNC/?- Hairston was a fantastic player at North Carolina until some off the court problems probably got in the way of his collegiate basketball career. Simply put, he knows how to ball. He has fantastic energy and is an exceptional shooter. If he can get his situations off the court handled, he is a very underrated player in this year’s draft.
Randy: Russ Smith G/Louisville- This pick is all about value here. Smith fits in as the backup point guard who plays good defense, makes good decisions in transition and takes care of the basketball. The upside isn’t great, but he would improve the Sixers depth right away.
2nd Round, 44th Overall (via Memphis)
Mike: Aaron Craft G/Ohio State- Craft has been a clutch player for the Buckeyes. His NBA ceiling isn’t too high, but he could surprise some people.
Jacob: James Michael McAdo F/UNC- McAdoo was projected to be a first round pick in last year’s draft, but elected to stay in school for his junior season. His draft stock has taken a hit because of this, but nonetheless, his athleticism cannot be neglected. He has great potential for a mid-second round pick, and probably wouldn’t mind plying with ex-teammate PJ Hairston if the Sixers decide to go that route.
Randy: Markel Brown G/Oklahoma State- Again, not a high ceiling prospect, but a smart basketball player who can hit the outside shot and give you valuable minutes off the bench.
2nd Round, 47th Overall (via Brooklyn)
Mike: Thanasis Antetokounmpo G/F/Delaware 87ers– You may know his brother as the “Greek Freak” up in Milwaukee. The Sixers should be fairly familiar with his game since he plays for the 87ers. By the way, don’t even try pronouncing his name.
Jacob: Jahii Carson G/Arizona State– Carson has already declared for the NBA draft. He is a sophomore and is a very explosive basketball player. If he can develop his game more, he may be able to compete with Tony Wroten to back up MCW.
Randy: Mouhammadou Jaiteh C/France- It’s always been my philosophy in the NBA Draft that if you have at least two or three second round picks, one of them has to go to an international prospect. The immediate impact is pretty much non-existent but the potential make it worth waiting a couple years on the prospect. Jaiteh is a long center with a nice hook shot developing. He is 6’11, 249 pounds with a 7’4″ wing span. He’s only 19 and hasn’t even begun to reach his full potential.
2nd Round, 56th Overall (via Houston)
Mike: Patric Young C/Florida- His ceiling isn’t high, but he’s a body for camp. But seriously, what are the odds the Sixers still have this pick on draft day? Hinkie will definitely do something crazy with all of these second rounders.
Jacob: Russ Smith G/Louisville- Smith was a prime contributor to Louisville’s championship run in 2013. He is an extremely quick guard who can score. However, the other aspects of his game need some polishing and it wouldn’t hurt if he gained some muscle too. He has the potential to be a nice bench player as PG in the NBA if everything works out.
Randy: Melvin Ejim F/Iowa State- Ejim does two things really well that will earn him an NBA roster spot. He can jump out of the building and he is an exceptional rebounder. His athleticism will fit right in with Brett Brown’s tempo and rebounding depth is always vital.