Sixers met with Duke's Plumlee, Gonzaga's Olynyk

Sixers met with Duke's Plumlee, Gonzaga's Olynyk

June 6, 2013, 2:15 am
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Duke's Mason Plumlee and Gonzaga's Kelly Olynyk met with the Sixers Wednesday, according to CSN's Michael Barkann. (USA Today Images)

Updated June 6, 3:45 p.m.

The NBA draft is three weeks away and the Sixers appear to have a few prospects on their radar.

According to Comcast SportsNet's Michael Barkann, the Sixers met with Duke forward Mason Plumlee and Gonzaga center Kelly Olynyk on Wednesday night.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Thursday that, in addition to those two, the team also hosted UCLA guard Shabazz Muhammad, N.C. State sharpshooter Scott Wood and big man Norvele Pelle, who decomitted from St. John's to turn pro instead.

The Sixers are currently slated to pick 11th overall in the first round of the draft. In the second round, the Sixers have the 35th and 42nd overall selections.  

While the Sixers have several needs to address this offseason, there is a belief that the team would be best suited to grab a quality post player in the draft. Both Plumlee and Olynyk certainly fall into that category.

In his senior year at Duke, Plumlee (6-10, 235) averaged 17.1 points and 10.0 rebounds per game while shooting 59.9 percent from the field.

Olynyk (7-0, 238), who decided to forgo his final year of eligibility at Gonzaga, put up 17.8 points, grabbed 7.3 rebounds and shot 62.9 percent from the field in his junior year last season.

The Sixers' new president and general manager, Sam Hinkie, has been keeping the team's draft workouts closed and has yet to reveal his likes, dislikes or position preference.

Hinkie, however, believes the draft is an important step for himself and the organization.

“The job is about acquiring talent, bringing new players in that can be a pipeline of players for the organization for the future,” Hinkie recently told Sixers Insider Dei Lynam (see story). “The draft is not the only opportunity for that but a really big one. Our staff prepares year-round for it and I think it will be a really big one.”

If the Sixers elect to stay put at 11th overall, there will be plenty of possibilities to fill their various voids. We'll just have to wait until June 27 to see what direction that team goes.