On Thursday, the Sixers will take their first step in recovering from a disappointing 34-48 season. The NBA draft will take place with Sixers new president and general manager Sam Hinkie holding the 11th, 35th and 42nd picks in his hand at the start.
If Hinkie stands pat in the first round, here are five names that David Stern may say following “With the 11th pick the Philadelphia 76ers select…”
Zeller, who is 20 years old and played at Indiana, will by many accounts be a 15-year pro. He runs the floor well, he has great hands and is as fast as any big man in this draft. He also has NBA 3-point range.
He is said to be a great kid whose body will continue to fill out. He enters the NBA as a power forward, but in time he will be able to play the center position as well. One scout also added that Zeller is a low maintenance player along with being a top-five talent in this draft.
The 21-year-old who played four years at Lehigh University is a combo guard who can run the pick and roll. He is a very efficient scorer. McCollum shoots the ball with ease from 3-point range and has a Randy Foye-type body and game.
McCollum did suffer a broken left foot preventing him from playing after Jan. 5. At the time of his injury, he was leading the country in scoring with 25.7 points per game. He has said repeatedly throughout the pre-draft process he is 100 percent.
The sophomore point guard who played at Syracuse is long and lanky at 6-6. He is a couple years away from reaching his potential. He is built and plays like a young Shaun Livingston. At this stage in his career, he is not a great shooter and has limited range. He also lacks some toughness and confidence. Again, those characteristics could improve with his development.
He too is coming off two years of college ball, having played at Georgia. He scores easily, and he is a solid athlete. His best years are ahead of him. He is a 6-6 shooting guard whose body is still developing.
He played one year at UCLA. He is known for playing hard and having a scorer’s mentality. He has good length. He knows how to play the game. There were some off-the-court problems during his recruitment to UCLA that may factor into his draft status.