June 24, 2022

Since our draft simulation last week, the Rockets acquired the 26th pick and the Nuggets added the No. 30.

The Sixers still hold the No. 23, although no one would be surprised if they eliminated this selection (after doing so). Here’s a look at recent simulations ahead of the real thing Thursday night in Brooklyn:

Kevin O’Connor, ringer

Blake Wesley, Notre Dame

O’Connor: “The Sixers are exploring trades involving this pick and Danny Green, sources say. … If they end up trading the pick, I imagine a raw, high-potential player like Wesley would have broad appeal. If the Sixers keep him, taking a swing could pay off as they no longer have a first until 2024 after the Nets postponed this year’s pick to take Philly’s 2023 selection instead. It’s a bet that the Sixers will be worse.

Jeff Goodman, Stadium

Blake Wesley, Notre Dame

Good man: The South Bend product has exploded onto the scene out of nowhere this season. Wesley didn’t shoot well from deep, but he did everything else. He’s a strong, athletic winger with good size who can put him down, go to the basket and also come up from mid-range.

Wesley is like G League Ignite’s Jaden Hardy in that he’s a teenage guard with intriguing flashes that change pace and a scoring talent that was ineffective in his only post-high school season. Wesley’s shot will take some work; his jumper is a bit crooked and leaning left, and his free throw percentage was below 65.7. It would be a development choice.

Kyle Irving, Sports News

Kennedy Chandler, Tennessee

Irving: “The 76ers were sorely lacking in play and scoring off the bench behind James Harden and Tyrese Maxey. Chandler could fill those two holes as a lightning-fast goaltender, aggressive as a scorer, and decisive as a playmaker. consistency. Add to that that he’s a pesky ball defender and Chandler has what it takes to be a solid point guard behind Philadelphia’s starting backcourt.

When the Sixers had 6-foot-10 Ben Simmons, it was easier to imagine the team working around the defensive challenges of playing a small guard prospect. Although Chandler appears to have potential as a disruptive and irritating defenseman, it’s tough to earn playoff minutes as a 6-foot, 172-pound player.

Ricky O’Donnell, SB Nation

Most Likely Pick: Nikola Jovic, Mega Mozzart

Top Pick: Ochai Agbaji

O’Donnell explains why Jovic is the likeliest choice on the board: “There have been rumors that Philly could buy this pick as a sweetener in a deal for veterans aid, which makes sense. If they keep the selection, adding an attacking talent like Jovic would be a great addition for the long-term forward. Jovic is a 6’11 Serbian striker comfortable playing on the perimeter with a bunch of scored stuff. His defense will be an eyesore for the start of his career, but shooting and handling the ball at this size should translate.

O’Donnell explains why Agbaji is the best pick on the board: “Agbaji will probably be long gone with this pick, but his 3 and D skills could be a good replacement for Danny Green after tearing his ACL.”

NBC Sports Philadelphia’s Brian Brennan broke Jovic’s game here. Maybe 22-year-old Agbaji will slip slightly, but No. 23 would be a surprising fall. Villanova fans will recall Agbaji draining 6 of 7 three-point shots against the Wildcats in the Final Four.

David Cobb, CBS Sports

Jalen Williams, Santa Clara

Cobb: “Williams’ statistical profile from his junior season at Santa Clara stands out, as he averaged 18 points on 39.6% shooting from 3-pointers and 55.1% shooting from 2-pointers while delivering 4 2 assists per game. How he will translate to the NBA after playing in the WCC for a team not called Gonzaga is a legitimate question. But at this point in the draft, he’s worth it. »

Williams was invited to the green room during the draft. While that doesn’t guarantee anything, it does suggest that shining through the pre-draft process gave him a good chance of being taken as a teenager.

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