Sixers 2nd-round draft picks: Australian-born Jonah Bolden taken at No. 36

Sixers 2nd-round draft picks: Australian-born Jonah Bolden taken at No. 36

The Sixers used the first pick in the 2017 NBA draft on Washington point guard Markelle Fultz (see story).

They followed that up by trading up to No. 25 for Latvian center Anzejs Pasecniks in a deal with the Orlando Magic (see story).

Still, the Sixers' work was just getting started for the night. They had four second-round picks to make at Nos. 36, 39, 46 and 50.

Here's a look at which players the franchise went with in the second round.

Second round (36th overall): Jonah Bolden, PF, 6-10/227, Australia
The Sixers added to their frontcourt with a 6-foot-10, 227-pound power forward in Jonah Bolden.

Bolden's basketball career has taken him all over the world. Born in Melbourne, Australia, he attended high school at Findlay Prep in Las Vegas and Brewster Academy in New Hampshire.

Bolden played one year at UCLA (2015-16) and then turned pro. Last season he moved to Serbia to play for KK FMP Beograd, where he was named Adriatic League Youth Player of the Year. Dario Saric previously won that award.

Bolden averaged 12.9 points, 7.2 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.0 blocks and 1.0 steals. He shot 41.9 percent from three. Bolden has speed and can spread the floor as a big but will need to add strength to his game.

"I've always believed what I can do," Bolden said in a conference call. "I still have the utmost confidence in myself in what I can do in the league."

There is little doubt Bolden will fit in well with the Sixers. Ben Simmons immediately expressed his excitement to have Bolden on the team with this retweet. Bolden and Simmons played against one another when they were younger. Bolden's father also competed against Simmons' dad in Australia.

Second round (39th overall): Jawun Evans, PG, 6-0/185, Oklahoma State
The Sixers are reportedly trading Oklahoma State point guard Jawun Evans to the Clippers, according to The Vertical.

Second round (46th overall): Sterling Brown, SG, 6-6/230, SMU
Sterling Brown's time with the Sixers also was short. The Sixers are moving Brown to the Bucks, also per The Vertical.

Second round (50th overall): Mathias Lessort, PF/C, 6-9/250, France
The Sixers landed an international big man in 6-foot-9, 250-pound Mathias Lessort. The 21-year-old can play both power forward and undersized center.

Last season, Lessort averaged 10.2 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.0 blocks for Nanterre of the France Pro-A League.

This could be a draft-and-stash situation, an option the Sixers have been open to, wherein Lessort remains overseas for next season.

Undrafted free agent: James Blackmon Jr., SG, 6-3/184, Indiana
After the draft, the Sixers agreed to a deal with undrafted free agent James Blackmon Jr., according to The Vertical

Blackmon led the Hoosiers in scoring last season with 17 points per game, while connecting on 91 three-pointers and 42.3 percent of his attempts.

Undrafted free agent: Melo Trimble, PG, 6-3/192, Maryland
The Sixers have also agreed to a deal with undrafted free-agent point guard Melo Trimble, per ESPN.

Trimble, who played three years for the Terrapins, worked out for the Sixers in early June. He contemplated going pro and leaving Maryland after his sophomore season, but returned for his junior year, which he ultimately found beneficial.

"I was able to pick something up, something that I didn't have for the past two years, which was being a leader and just being able to run a team," Trimble said.

Sixers select Markelle Fultz with No. 1 overall pick in NBA draft

Sixers select Markelle Fultz with No. 1 overall pick in NBA draft

CAMDEN, N.J. — Markelle Fultz is a Sixer.
 
What seemed highly unlikely up until last week became a reality Thursday night when the Sixers selected Fultz first overall with the pick they acquired from the Celtics.
 
The Sixers traded the third pick and a future first-round pick to move up for the 6-foot-4, 195-pound point guard out of Washington. Fultz averaged 23.2 points (47.6 percent from the field and 41.3 percent from three), 5.9 assists and 5.7 rebounds last season. He led all freshmen in the nation and the entire Pac-12 in scoring. Defensively, Fultz boasts a seven-foot wingspan. 
 
Fultz is the best fit for the Sixers among all players in the draft. The team has been in need of a go-to scorer and cannot head into next season relying on Joel Embiid when it is unclear how many games he will play. The Sixers tied with the Bulls for 24th in long-range shooting (34.0 percent), were 25th in points per game (102.4) and 27th in field goal shooting (44.2 percent). Fultz will give them instant offense. 
 
Fultz can create a dynamic backcourt duo with the 6-10 Simmons when last year's No. 1 overall pick is running the floor. This week, Sixers president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo said Simmons doesn't necessarily have to be the point guard in order to be the facilitator. 
 
"Anytime I make a selection, whether it's one or 30, you're looking for talent, character, fit," Colangelo said Monday, remaining mum on a specific player.  
 
Fultz traveled from Maryland to the Sixers' training complex in Camden, New Jersey, Saturday as trade talks heated up. He arrived wearing his own Sixers hat, later posting a photo of himself entering the training complex on Instagram. He also posed for a picture with Simmons, Embiid and Robert Covington following his workout. This image set off a social media frenzy as the group gave a glimpse into what the Sixers' future could look like.

"It would be great," Fultz said Saturday of playing for the Sixers. "Get up and down. They're big on defense, so I think the tools that I have to be a defensive player will help them get out in transition. I'm a pretty good shot blocker for a point guard, so I think helping them with that, everything will pretty much help with that."
 
The Sixers got Fultz at a relatively low price considering they kept No. 1 protections on the pick they traded. The Celtics will receive the 2018 Lakers' pick if it falls between Nos. 2 and 5. If that does not convey, the Celtics will receive the more favorable of the Sixers' and the Kings' first-round picks in 2019, as long as the better pick is not No. 1. If one of those picks in 2019 are first overall, the Celtics will get the less favorable of the two. 
 
With all these conditions, the Sixers have protected themselves from a "2013 Celtics-Nets trade" situation. That's how all of this was possible in the first place from the Celtics' side. 

Fultz is the missing piece to round out the Sixers' backcourt and foundational core. Expect them to target veterans in free agency to provide leadership for this young core. 

What is Fultz's biggest fit, though?

Perhaps the fact he thought he came up with the phrase "trust the process."

With limited roster spots, Sixers unlikely to use all 4 2nd-round picks

With limited roster spots, Sixers unlikely to use all 4 2nd-round picks

The Sixers have four second-round picks in tonight's NBA draft. It is unlikely they use all of them, and if they do, it’s not without trying to make moves. 
 
The Sixers are slated to select at Nos. 36, 39, 46 and 50. The biggest hurdle: there’s not enough room on the roster to draft and keep all of those picks.

“You’re talking about limited roster spots,” president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo said Monday. “When you include the No. 1 selection, it might be two or three spots that are in question. You look at pick No. 36 and say, ‘Is anyone on the board that could possibly crack the rotation?’ It’s unlikely, but if that presents an opportunity to select someone that we have some confidence in, sometimes players do slide through that first round and you get surprised.”
 
The team has been open about their interest in moving some of the picks for a while now. Back in May at the draft combine, Colangelo said, “It's not to say we're going to make four selections in the second round.” 
 
The Sixers have several options with those picks, for which they have received interest. One route could be packaging the picks to move up in the draft. TNT’s David Aldridge reported the Sixers were offering picks 36 and 39 to get into the 20s (see story)
 
“You could potentially package them (second-round picks) and move up to have a later first-round pick that potentially is a better fit for the current fit for the current roster,” Colangelo said Monday. “Maybe a sure fit as opposed to someone that could just be a question mark at 36.”
 
There is a strong chance the Sixers could use the pick (or picks) for a draft-and-stash situation, similar to what happened when they acquired Dario Saric, wherein a player remains with their international team for now. Last year, the Sixers selected Furkan Korkmaz at No. 26. He played in Turkey this past season and may not join the Sixers until his existing contract is up. The Sixers spent time in Europe visiting Korkmaz and also watched prospective talent while there.  
 
Other possibilities include trading out of this draft with those picks or packing them in a deal to move a current player.

In the case the Sixers use some or all of the picks, they have been hosting pre-draft workouts with projected second-round and undrafted players over the past few weeks at their training complex. 
 
“What we are doing is lining up options and alternatives for those picks and for those selections,” Colangelo said. “We want to be prepared as we are on the clock. The two-minute mark moves fast and we are going to have multiple decisions to make on draft night.”