The draft is 1 day away and the excitement and anxiousness is rising. The Sixers currently own the 21st, 34th, 36th, 49th and 58th selections and it’s really intriguing to see if they’re going to end up with all those picks on draft night. I find it unlikely, but for now they own them and they could go a various of ways with their picks.
21: Desmond Bane 6’6 205 lbs SG TCU
Reasoning: There are a couple of guys the Sixers could select here, but when it comes down to it, Desmond Bane makes the most sense. Averaging 16.3 ppg, 6.5 rpg, and 3.9 apg as a senior, Bane saw himself on the All Big 12 1st team. With a chiseled 6’6, 215 lb frame, Bane comes into the NBA with probably the most NBA ready body of the likely draftees available for the Sixers at 21. On top of that, Bane led the Big 12 in three point attempts (2.9) per game and three point percentage (44.2%) in his senior year.
He’s not going to win any DPOY awards but he is a willing and able defender. He also is not the flashiest player by any means, but he will outwork almost anyone on the court. His work ethic is top notch, and that’s something I believe Doc Rivers will embrace from day 1.
Desmond Bane On/Off-Ball Defense pic.twitter.com/zhBHLAXU8s— Archivos De Baloncesto (@BBall_Archives) August 26, 2020
Desmond Bane to the Sixers at 21 is a no brainer.
31: TRADE!!! Dallas Mavericks trade the 31st overall pick to Philadelphia for the 34th and 58th pick
Isaiah Joe 6’5 180 lbs SG Arkansas
Reasoning: Word on the street is the Sixers and Isaiah Joe have a promise to draft set in place.
It’s been said the Sixers have been fond of Joe for a while now. According to Sixers beat writer Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Sixers have reached out to Joe on several occasions.
“The 76ers are showing a lot of interest,” Bart Reid, one of Joe’s basketball trainers, told the Southwest Times Record of Fort Smith, Ark., back in late June.
Reid also mentioned the Atlanta Hawks and Golden State Warriors as being among at least six or seven teams that were vetting Joe.
“But I know the 76ers have reached out several different times,” Reid said, “and that’s a team when I look without knowing anything on the inside, they can use a shooter. … Everybody can use a shooter, but when you’ve got a center like Joel Embiid, a knockdown shooter comes in really handy.”
Now as a Sixers fan, that gets me excited. Joe’s shooting alone could make him a back end first round pick. In two years with Arkansas, Joe averaged 39% from three and 15.2 ppg.
Isaiah Joe is more than an off-ball shooter. He's a legit pull-up shooter and space creator, having ranked in the 89th and 97th percentile off-the-dribble through 2 collegiate seasons.— Jackson Frank (@jackfrank_jjf) June 4, 2020
Draft this man in the top 30. pic.twitter.com/6sGXvOs60g
An underrated skill set in Joe’s game is his defensive ability. He averaged 1.5 steals per game in his college career. I truly believe we’ve saw the last of Forkan Korkmaz in Philly, so Isaiah Joe could come in handy for the Sixers as a 3 and D bench piece next season.
Isaiah Joe gets a ton of deserved credit for his team defense (see a bit of that with the dig here), but probably doesn't get enough credit for his individual defense. Physical on-ball defender whose footwork on screen navigation and lateral movement can be really good pic.twitter.com/D1oieLnivo— Max Carlin (@maxacarlin) August 25, 2020
36: TRADE!!! Sixers trade the 36 overall pick to San Antonio for 41 and a 2022 2nd rounder.
41: Immanuel Quickley 6’3 185 lbs PG Kentucky
Reasoning: After trading the 36th overall pick to San Antonio, the Sixers would move back 5 slots selecting at 41. Immanuel Quickley may or may not be here but if he happens to slide a tad, he would be a steal here. Quickley is a combo guard who can play on or off ball. Taking a huge leap in minutes from his freshman to sophomore year, Quickley’s number took a huge leap with it. From averaging 18.2 mpg, 5.2 ppg, 1.8 rpg, and 1.2 apg to a whopping 33.2 mpg, 16.1 ppg, 4.2 rpg, and 1.9 apg. The skill sets that stand out for Quickley are his shot making/shooting ability, and his quickness. The videos below will show you exactly what I mean.
Video of Kentucky's Immanuel Quickley going 15/20 (75%) in the NBA Combine 3-point star shooting drill. He tied for the second best result at the Combine. pic.twitter.com/59uA0jzc37— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) November 5, 2020
Immanuel Quickley vs Florida (2020)— KY Clips (@KY__Clips) July 23, 2020
I know this may be an exaggeration when I say this, but Quickley reminds me of Lou Williams. You watch the tape on the two, and they have very similar types of game. Both are shoot first point guards who can play off ball. Doc Rivers would love having a similar type player off his bench to pair with Ben Simmons.
49: Udoka Azubuike 7’0 270 lbs C Kansas
We all remember how it turned out the last time the Sixers took a center out of Kansas, right? Yea, that’s not gonna happen here, but Azubuike is a solid pick at 49. The combination of size, strength, athleticism, and defensive ability should be intriguing to the Sixers coaching staff. For not being a very skilled offensive talent, Azubuike still was able to average 12.5 ppg on 75% shooting and 7.9 rpg in his 4 year college career. He is never going to blow you away on the offensive side of the ball unless he’s throwing down a rim rattling dunk or alley-oop, but defensively this guy is a menace. He is a force in the paint and around the rim. He only averaged 2 bpg at Kansas, but his presence was felt close to the rim. Azubuike effected a lot of shots and drives to the rim because of his size and strength. Bill Self said himself that Azubuike is the best lane protector he has ever coached. Doc Rivers and staff could coach this kid up into a serviceable back up center in this league.
When Udoka Azubuike backs you down in the paint, get out of the way. pic.twitter.com/p90IGWeb95— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) March 23, 2018
Best KU Dunks of the Decade— Jayhawk Video (@JayhawkVideo) December 19, 2019
•January 27th, 2018•
Udoka Azubuike poster vs Texas A&M pic.twitter.com/haK963RQJ5
Overall I believe this would be a killer draft for Morey, Brand, Doc and this group. Come tomorrow night, they may not even possess a lot of these picks, but it’s super exciting to wonder who this team really has their heart set on.
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