Sixers Mock Draft Review

Sixers Owner Joshua Harris is hoping the Sixers can take a step to turn things around with this draft.

Sixers Owner Joshua Harris is hoping the Sixers can take a step to turn things around with this draft.

The NBA draft is just under two weeks away. On June 27, the Sixers will be selecting number 11 in the first round and at 35 and 42 in the second round. All of these selections will be barring some sort of wheeling and dealing on the Sixers part. With the team picking twice in the first 11 picks of round two, it is not out of the question to see the team moving up in the first round or picking up a late first round selection. Various mock drafts are published throughout the year that try to predict where each prospect will fall. With the draft fast approaching, these mock drafts get tighter and more precise so let’s take a look at some of the prospects being linked to the 76ers. Prospect Rankings:

Could Michael Carter-Williams be Jrue Holiday's backcourt mate of the future?

Could Michael Carter-Williams be Jrue Holiday’s backcourt mate of the future?

PG Michael Carter-Williams | Syracuse: does not technically have a mock draft but the staff ranks prospects and at number 11 (where the Sixers pick in the first round) they have Michael Carter-Williams. Williams is a point guard, which is not a paramount need for the Sixers, but he could actually fit in nicely when you look at his intangibles. He is 6-6 which means he could fit into a backcourt with Jrue Holiday without sacrificing size. His ball-handling ability can allow Holiday to play more off the ball on the offensive end. This could help to lighten the load on Holiday who carried the Sixers last season and appeared to wear down in the second half of the year. Carter-Williams is a solid defender who should only get better and he is an above average assist guy with a knack to finish at the rim. Do not expect him to knock down many three point shots.

C.J. McCollum could provide a scoring punch for the Sixers.

C.J. McCollum could provide a scoring punch for the Sixers.

PG/SG C.J. McCollum | Lehigh: If you have not heard of his team, you have heard about his game. C.J. McCollum has proven over the last two seasons at Lehigh that he was one of college basketballs most prolific scoring threats and bringing that sharpshooting ability to the Sixers would be something that many fans would welcome. You remember Lehigh, the team that upset Duke in the NCAA tournament in 2012. McCollum was a huge reason for that and the 6-3 combo guard can score with the best of them. Most mock drafts do not have McCollum slipping this far as he is typically slated anywhere from 7-10. However, as mentioned, the Sixers may have the tools necessary to swing a deal to reach that range and if so, expect Sam Hinkie to be interested. McCollum played all four years at Lehigh and never averaged less than 19 points per game, which he did as a freshman. This season he was one of the nation’s best scorers averaging 23 points and shooting 51 percent from long range. It would certainly be possible to put him in a backcourt with Holiday and his shooting ability would pair perfect with Holiday’s athleticism. When you think of McCollum, think Stephen Curry.

Cody Zeller may be one of the most unique prospects in the draft.

Cody Zeller may be one of the most unique prospects in the draft.

C/PF Cody Zeller | Indiana: Temple fans who were devastated after seeing their Owls fall to Indiana in the NCAA tournament may have to watch Cody Zeller all next season with the Sixers. With the uncertainty that is the Andrew Bynum situation, the Sixers need a big man with a strong leg to stand on, literally. Zeller is 7-0, 240 lbs and can immediately fill in as a starter for the Sixers whether they bring Bynum back or not. It is feasible that Zeller could be there at 11. He averaged 16.5 points and 8.1 rebounds per game for the Hoosiers in his sophomore season. Zeller’s camp has stressed since the season ended that they believe he was not utilized to the full extent of his ability at Indiana. While he most likely will never be Dirk Nowitzki, he wants people to understand that he also has game away from the basket. There is some debate about whether Zeller will be a center or power forward at the next level, but expect him to be a hybrid falling somewhere in between. Zeller reminds me of a player with the size of Joakim Noah and the motor of Tyler Hansbrough. Zeller could be a good first step in solving some of the Sixers size issues. Zeller’s unique blend of size and athleticism could make him a steal at 11.

Kelly Olynk's size and potential could be just what the Sixers need.

Kelly Olynk’s size and potential could be just what the Sixers need.

C Kelly Olynyk | Gonzaga: Another big man who the Sixers may opt to select is Kelly Olynyk. The 7-0 center spent three seasons at Gonzaga and had a breakout junior season, averaging 17.8 points and 7.3 rebounds after averaging just 5.8 points and 3.8 rebounds the season before as his minutes doubled. The big Canadian sensation can provide the Sixers with a solid center for the future. He possesses some touch away from the basket and has a multitude of ways to score around the rim. Olynyk is a solid rebounder which is a contribution the Sixers can benefit from right away. Do not expect to see Olynyk blossom into a bonafide superstar in the NBA, but he possesses the skills necessary to have a long productive career at the next level.

Other players linked to the Sixers:

C Lucas Nogueira | Brazil:

Good size, pretty raw with a lot of athletic ability. Upside pick at just 20 years old.

C Steven Adams | Pittsburgh:

NBA ready size but only 19 years old. Young in the game, began playing competitive ball at 14. His true star potential will come on the defensive end using his athleticism and shot blocking ability.

C Alex Len | Maryland:

Young (19 years old), but NBA ready body at 7-1, 255 lbs. You cannot coach size. Good shot blocker. Oozing with potential and already excels at shot-blocking, and offensive rebounding. Could miss time in the preseason and early regular season recovering from stress fracture surgery.

C Gorgui Dieng | Louisville:

Provided the muscle for the Louisville Cardinals this past season on the way to their National title. Very solid NBA ready prospect with a decent rebound game and above average rebounding skills. Plays within his limits and protects the rim as he averaged 2.5 blocks per game. He’s 6’11, 230 lbs.

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