I had planned to do a piece outlining the most likely outcomes of the Sixers draft…but then this weekend happened. In case you live under a rock or Al Gore revoked your internet privileges, the Philadelphia 76ers made a big move to secure the first overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. I’ll have draft profiles and scouting reports for all of the Sixers selections in the coming weeks.
Let’s all celebrate the big news by listening to the greatest song ever recorded while you read through my predicted selections that will more than likely be incorrect! CLAP YOUR HANDS!
As we approach next Thursday’s NBA Draft, here is a look at my ranking of the top 50 players in the draft. As of 6/15, all international players listed have remained in the draft pool. Please keep in mind that this NOT a Sixers-centric draft board, but an overall look at the prospects from an unbiased view of the league. Player comparisons are not best-case or worst-case, but a player who in my opinion represents a fair projection of their abilities within a few seasons.
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First things first, take a look at this Bleacher Report article about the Rights to Ricky Sanchez Lottery Party on Tuesday night. Notice anyone in particular wearing neon shirts with a goat on it? That’s right. The sons have gone global.
Second, there will be plenty of draft coverage to come over the next month. In the coming weeks, our coverage will include:
- Top 50 Prospect Rankings
- Full First-Round Mock Draft
- Sixers Draft/Trade Alternatives
- Holden’s Mock Draft/Hot Takes/Heat Check Extravaganza
It will be a busy but fun month for us here, so stay tuned for all of your draft needs.
For past versions click here: January – February – March – April
Top 15 Prospects
1 – Markelle Fultz (PG – 6’4” 195 lbs, Washington – FR) — previous rank: 1
2 – Lonzo Ball (PG – 6’6” 190 lbs, UCLA – FR) — previous rank: 2
As we get ready for one of the biggest nights in Sixers history, here’s a complete look at our odds for Tuesday night’s NBA Draft Lottery.
Follow Matt and Holden on Twitter for live coverage of the Rights to Ricky Sanchez Lottery Party at xFinity Live! and tune into ESPN at 8 PM.
And as always, Trust the Process.
For past versions click here: January – February – March
With the NCAA tournament concluded, the NBA playoffs in full-swing, and plenty of players having already declared, it’s time to get serious about the draft. I’ll be expanding my big board from 10 to 15 and hopefully even more as the draft approaches.
For past versions click here: January – February
1 – Markelle Fultz (PG – 6’4” 195 lbs, Washington – FR)
(previous rank: 1)
I’ll be the first to admit that I watched far less Washington games than I should have, but I couldn’t do it. I wasn’t going to stay up until 11 just to watch a sorry excuse for basketball. The Huskies were awful. They had a group of guys and Markelle Fultz. Fultz put on a show night-in and night-out, carrying the team on his back on a slash line of 23/6/6. I can’t tell you how many times Fultz split a double-team, moved into the lane and delivered a perfect pass only for it to be mishandled out of bounds. Had he been on a good team, maybe the numbers aren’t as good, but don’t let that distract you from the talent. It’s obvious he still has a lot to learn about running the point, but what he was able to do while learning on the job and without any semblance of a supporting cast showed poise beyond his years. His pull-up game has been most impressive to me. Typically players will pad their numbers with open looks off screens – not Fultz. Fultz has no problem stopping his dribble and shooting (on or off balance) from anywhere on the court, yet he still did it efficiently. Looking for a negative? His free-throw percentage was less than stellar (65%) and his defense was lacking to say the least. His physical tools and raw ability will be enough to make him a competent defender, so I’m not worried in the least. Fultz is a superstar in waiting.
I’m a public relations manager by trade. It’s my job to ensure that the organization I work for is appropriately represented in the industries we operate in, and elsewhere. And so, from a public relations perspective, I can say without a doubt in my mind that the Philadelphia 76ers front office is a dumpster fire right now. Continue reading