Cameron Johnson vs. Ty Jerome: Who should the Philadelphia 76ers take at pick 24?

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Mock Drafts have the Philadelphia 76ers drafting forward Cameron Johnson or guard Ty Jerome at pick 24; this article will compare the two talented prospects.

The night of June 20th will change the lives of many young ball players looking to take the first step into being a star at the pro level. At the same time, 30 different teams are trying their hardest to make the right moves and acquire the right prospects. With five picks in this years draft the Philadelphia 76ers are in an adequate position to bring on a few talented players for the future of the franchise.

The Sixers will make their first pick at spot 24 barring any trade, putting them in place to seek out any hidden gems and prospects that happened to fall further than expected. According to Sports Illustrated, the Sixers could put their chips in for Cameron Johnson, forward out of North Carolina with their first pick. However, thinks otherwise, having Philadelphia pass on Johnson to select  Virginia guard Ty Jerome.

Since the two mocks differ, let’s compare the two prospects.

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ESPN’s 19th overall prospect Cameron Johnson is considered by some scouts to be one of the best shooters in the draft, hitting 40.3 percent on his career from the 3-point line. Scouts praise him for always being ready to shoot no matter the circumstance, showing great balance and possessing one of the quickest releases in college basketball.

Still, some scouts are worrisome of his lack of physicality and strength, bringing his defense at the next level into question. Some scouts also feel he doesn’t offer much other than consistent scoring with the feel he doesn’t have much intensity rebounding the ball. Some scouts also question what else he can provide offensively worrying he can’t create opportunities for his teammates.

Ty Jerome, ESPN’s seventh-ranked shooting guard, and the 25th overall prospect is an underrated defender with quick hands, natural instincts for the game, and a highly competitive spirit according to scouts. Jerome is also able to play the one or two spot due to his size with some scouts feeling this correlates to him being arguably the best pick-and-roll player in the draft. Scouts also view his passing abilities highly finding him staring off defenders and passing accurately off the dribble. One of Jerome’s strengths is also his shot from deep holding a career 39.5 percent on 488 attempts.

At the same time, scouts are concerned with Jerome’s 6-foot-4 wingspan. They also have worries about his play at the pro level since he seemed to play completely below the rim in college. Concerns also come up in his lack to generate free throws. Scouts ultimately have the most concern in his ability to take control of the floor, wondering if he needs to be a second option to meet his full potential.

After comparing scouting reports, let’s take a look at how the two prospects 2018-19 season statistics hold up to each other. Johnson finished the season with a stat line of 16.9 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 2.4 assists, in 36 games. He also held a 50.6 field goal percentage while hitting 81.8 percent at the charity line. On defense, Johnson was able to average 1.2 steals and 0.3 blocks on the year.

Jerome, on the other hand, finished his season with 13.6 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 5.5 assists per game in 37 games. Jerome also had a 43.5 field goal percentage with a 39.9 percent from 3 while also only hitting 73.6 percent of his free throws on the season. Defensively Jerome was able to average 1.5 snatches a game with a goose egg in blocks.

Johnson seems to hold the advantage statistically having the higher average in two spots while only being “beaten” slightly in the steals and assists column. Of course, the assist disparity makes sense since Jerome plays guard while Johnson is on the wing. Although the statistics overall favor Johnson It’s safe to say these are two favorable well-rounded prospects that any team will be more than happy to welcome aboard.

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At pick 24, the Philadelphia 76ers will have a lot of waiting to do and may have to hope some names aren’t called out for another team. If Cameron Johnson or Ty Jerome is available at 24, who would want the team to pick? Let us know in the comments below!