Where will the Sixers draft?

Tuesday, May 27, 2008 ·

The Sixers have an obvious need for a scorer at the power forward position or the front line, but there will be likely no one to offer immediate impact at their 16th pick. A few names that may be around there are Mareese Speights (Florida), Roy Hibbert (Georgetown), JaVale McGee (Nevada), and Robin Lopez (Stanford).

Speights is the only prospect of the 4 that is listed as a PF. Speights entered the draft after his sophomore season, in which he averaged 14.5 points, 8 rebounds, 1.4 blocks, and shot 69% from the field. His shooting percentage gives you the idea that most of his shots came from close to the rim.

Another position of need is a point guard for the future and there are 2-3 names that might be available for the Sixers to call upon.

First, there is Texas sophomore point guard, D.J. Augustin who scored 19.2 points, dished out 5.8 assists, and recorded 3 rebounds. The one knock on Augustin is that he is barely 6 foot, if that, something that may cause him to slip a little in the draft. However, he does have the ability to create plays and find the open, in addition to being able to hit his shots. In the NBA, I'd expect him to be more of a traditional point guard.

Secondly, the Sixers could look at Kansas junior, Mario Chalmers. Chalmers is listed as 6'1" and he can shoot better from behind the arc than Augustin (47%). Last year, Chalmers averaged about 13 points, 4 assists, 3 rebounds and 2.5 steals. Chalmers was a big reason why the Kansas Jayhawks were crowned National Champions. If the Sixers consider Chalmers, they may be able to trade back and out of the 16th slow into the 20-24 range if they'd like.

Lastly, they could look at UNC sophomore Ty Lawson. Lawson missed a few games due to injury, which curbed his minutes at the end of the year, but he still averaged 12.7 points, 2.7 rebounds, and 5.2 assists. He shot 51.5% from the field, which is good for a point guard. Lawson is another player that gives the Sixers the option to trade back in this draft to net future picks or a player.


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