September 25, 2022

As always, more fictional drafts have poured in since our first roundup.

With the Sixers holding the 23rd pick in the June 23 NBA Draft, here’s a look at the latest:

Jeremy Woo, Sports Illustrated

Tari Eason, LSU

Courting: “…Given Daryl Morey’s historical distaste for the use of draft picks, it wouldn’t be shocking to see Philly try (to) flip this one. That said, Eason would be quite an attractive option here, given his analysis-friendly production and potential as a great extended defender. Eason is a bit of a work in progress despite being 21 already, and he’s an acquired taste among teams, but it could be a sensible landing spot. Eason’s basketball IQ is a bit suspect, and he’s foul-prone and an average shooter, but if he can iron those things out, he should be able to help a team.

Gary Parrish, CBS Sports

Tari Eason, LSU

Paris : “Eason was a breakout star at LSU after being traded after an average first season in Cincinnati. He’s a versatile frontline option who can guard multiple positions and punish defenses on transition opportunities.

Last year, Morey pointed to having “three guys in their prime twenties” as the main reason he didn’t knock out the Sixers’ first-round picks in 2020 and 2021. team has changed considerably since then. The top four players on the current list are Tyrese Maxey (21), Joel Embiid (28), Tobias Harris (29) and James Harden (32). A prospect’s ability to contribute immediately would surely be attractive. For Eason, the optimistic projection is that he is capable of being an influential NBA rookie and will improve offensively through work developing skills like left-handed ball handling and adjusting his jumper. . His fantastic production off the bench as a sophomore (16.9 points, 6.6 rebounds, 1.9 steals and 1.1 blocks per game) makes it a little easier to buy that idea.

Krysten Peek, Yahoo Sports

Jalen Williams, Santa Clara

A look : “Williams was the best player on the court in both scrimmage days of the combined draft. He got to the basket with ease, shot the ball well and had some of the best finishes in transition. Defensively, he fought through the screens to keep his man up front and was effective in defending on the assist side, widening the gap for interceptions and tips.Last year Josh Primo (No 12 pick, Spurs) and Bones Hyland (No. 26, Nuggets) were the biggest surprises of the first round, and Williams could be that guy this year.

Williams’ stock seems to be climbing fast, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see a team in the playoffs before the Sixers like the Bulls or Nuggets catch him. If that doesn’t happen, he would undoubtedly be a logical choice for the Sixers.

Bryan Kalbrosky, USA Today’s For The Win

Blake Wesley, Notre Dame

Kalbroski: “…These guys are not the same player, so be patient for a second, but I think drafting Blake Wesley from Notre Dame would be a similar type of pick (to Tyrese Maxey). Just like with Maxey, it would be a gamble on Wesley’s development once in their system. If it works, as it did with Maxey, it would be exceptional for Philadelphia. Wesley, who just turned 19, still needs to improve his efficiency. But his edge and perimeter shot-making abilities make him an enticing project.

Wesley actually told Andy Katz (via NBA.com) that he studied Maxey’s game, so he agrees with the comparison. His three-point percentage was close to Maxey’s in a college season (30.3) and he hit just 65.7 percent of his foul shots. As with Maxey, Wesley’s sheer speed would become more menacing if his long-range shooting improved. It’s worth bearing in mind that shooting jumps as large as Maxey’s are not common.

Jonathan Givony, ESPN

Kennedy Chandler, Tennessee (best fit)

Nikola Jovic, Mega Mozzart (best available)

Givny: “With James Harden turning 33 in August and his career on the wane from a physical standpoint, adding another talented ball handler to the backcourt will likely be a top priority for the Sixers. if only to protect Harden’s health and make sure he’s at his best going in. the playoffs. After a rocky start, Chandler emerged as one of the best college point guards in the second half of last season, displaying blistering speed, dynamic ball handling and passing ability, and an increasingly constant pull-up. His measurements (6-1, 172 pounds with a 6-5¼ wingspan) are what might keep him away from the lottery position his talent suggests, but hasn’t stopped him from playing exceptional defense and to lead the SEC in matters of theft. The fact that he has proven himself capable of playing with the ball in two- and three-guard lineups should also be appealing.

“If the Sixers would rather swing for the upside fences, a prospect like 18-year-old Serbian Jovic could be an interesting bet. Standing 6-11, Jovic fits right into the modern NBA as a combo forward who can shoot, handle and pass. While he saw most of his minutes at small forward last season, his 9ft standing reach suggests he could slide into the central position as his frame fills up, making him an interesting pair with a talented big man like Joel Embiid.

Would the Sixers go with back-to-back Tennessee freshmen in Jaden Springer and Chandler? Chandler, 19, posted 1.28 points per catch-and-shoot jumper, according to NBA.com (89th percentile), which supports the idea that he could be effective alongside guards like Harden and Maxey. More speed and turnover creation wouldn’t hurt the Sixers either, although it’s valid to wonder if Chandler’s lack of size will limit his ability to deal with defensive changes and ultimately be a playoff regular.

In Woo’s fictional draft, he has Jovic moving up to 20th at Spurs and writes, “I feel like Jovic is hoping to come to the NBA next season, so it won’t necessarily be a reserve pick.” Morey has so far made a selection with the Sixers in big man Filip Petrušev, a second-round pick last year. Jovic would be bold. He turned 19 within days of Givony’s mock draft, but we’d still call that pretty young.