Unfortunately, like the Flyers, it is, and has been time to look at the potential draft picks for the upcoming draft. The 76ers traded their first round pick last year to the Miami Heat, but luckily for the 76ers and their fans, the pick is lottery protected. This means that should the 76ers finish in the bottom 14 in the NBA, (which is guaranteed) the 76ers get to keep their pick. The downside is the 76ers better play well next year, because next year the Heat get the pick either way. Could you imagine if the 76ers under performed next year, get a top 5 pick and the Miami Heat get the player?!
As it stands currently, the 76ers will most likely have a top 10 pick in the draft. Here is a look at some potential draftees for the 76ers:
Victor Oladipo, SG Indiana
We remember Oladipo all to well after his performance against our Temple Owls in the round of 32. Oladipo possesses elite defensive ability, and that happens to be one of the biggest needs for the 76ers. Oladipo can also shoot and rebound, and will be a good player in the NBA. He may not be a star, but should the 76ers draft him, he will be a solid complement to Jrue Holiday for years to come.
Nerlens Noel, C Kentucky
It is not certain if Noel will enter the draft, as his college career was potentially ended by injury, but many experts think he will come to the NBA. Noel is an elite shot blocker, who I believe is a little better than Tyrus Thomas when he came out, and will be a player similarly to Larry Sanders, but with more upside. Noel is a high energy guy, and the 76ers need a presence in the middle defensively.
Alex Len, C Maryland
At 7’1, Len has the size to be a good big man in the NBA, and should the 76ers have the ability to take him, it would be a crime not to. Len is big, but also quick. The way the NBA is going, athletic big men may be the next big thing. The 76ers would have their center for a decade should they take Len.
Jamaal Franklin, SF San Diego State
If you were in Philadelphia for March Madness, or if you watched the games, you know this kid can play. Franklin has superior athleticism, and is a high flyer who is a human highlight film (video below). But an underrated part of his game is his one-on-one ability offensively. Franklin can create his own shot and knock down jumpers from 15 feet. Franklin is a complete player, and the 76ers should take him, he will be a perfect match for Jrue Holiday, and could post a 18 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists per game, which this team needs.
Personally, I would take Jamaal Franklin. I saw him play at least six times this year, and was impressed each time. If he is available, I would want him to be the newest 76ers small forward.Tags: 2013 NBA Draft, Alex Len, Jamaal Franklin, Jrue Holiday, NBA, Nerlens Noel, Philadelphia 76ers, Victor Oladipo