If the first round of the NBA Draft shakes out for the 76ers the way that DraftExpress.com has it, the team’s athleticism alone will rival that of any other team in the NBA. The website, which covers the draft and the prospects expected to play a factor in it, released their latest mock entry of the two rounds. When it comes to Philadelphia and their pair of lottery picks, 3rd and 10th overall specifically, it is tough to imagine a scenario that would make the fans, and more importantly the organization, any happier.
With the 3rd overall pick DX has none other than Andrew Wiggins, the man-crush of Sam Hinkie, falling past the Cavaliers and Bucks and right into the 76ers lap. As the draft continues to draw nearer, it seems more and more outlets have this scenario playing out to Philadelphia’s favor. Whether it is their front office’s insatiable desire to land the high-flying wing or the hesitancy of the two teams ahead of the 76ers when it comes to selecting such a raw commodity; Wiggins’ name seems to pop up at 3rd overall much more frequently these days. One would have to argue that regardless of how the rest of the evening shakes out, Hinkie and company would consider this to be a win.
What would make the 76ers GM and his team of scouts and analysts doing cartwheels in the war room would be what the site has happening at 10th overall. Despite some reports that have the Celtics locking in on Aaron Gordon with the 6th overall pick, DraftExpress has the Arizona freshman forward landing in Philadelphia at 10th overall. Many feel that Gordon, even with tremendous talent and a tantalizing frame, is a few years away from becoming a polished player ready to star on a contender. What Gordon does demonstrate, even at the ripe young age of 18, is a tireless work ethic and hunger on the court. It is these types of traits that allow one to project forward with a talent such as Gordon’s.
Though Noah Vonleh of Indiana might have a strong case to be included with Gordon and Wiggins, this scenario would have arguably the two most athletic players in the class landing on a team that appears to be gearing their efforts toward constructing such a roster. Along with a healthy Nerlens Noel and second-year guard Michael Carter-Williams, these two would make up 80% of a projected starting lineup that could transition teams into submission. The organization seems to have no qualms with bringing in players who require some fine-tuning before they are ready to make up a title contender. Given Brett Brown‘s background in player development, it’s fairly easy to see why.