June 21 at 7 p. New York Knicks San Antonio Spurs Portland Trail Blazers Golden State Warriors Los Angeles Lakers New Orleans Pelicans Oklahoma City Thunder With five total picks in the draft, including two in the first round, who exactly are the Sixers targeting?
Well, they could go with the hometown hero with the smooth shooting stroke, the combo forward with tons of upside, the soft-spoken guard that prefers loud dunks or anywhere in between. Here are some of our draft profiles on the biggest names the Sixers could be plucking off the board in the first round. Miles Bridges could be both.
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It's tempting to slot Villanova's Mikal Bridges here, as Chicago has a history of selecting college upperclassmen, and the team has a glaring need at small forward. But the upside of Bamba is too much to pass up. The year-old's skill set would fit perfectly alongside Lauri Markkanen in the frontcourt. Bamba projects as a shot-erasing rim protector. He has a wingspan and averaged 4. Bamba remains a work in progress on the offensive end, but with Robin Lopez under contract for another season, he'll have some time to work out the kinks.
Kings - Michael Porter Jr. Porter didn't look great after returning from back surgery at the end of the season, but that was to be expected given his lack of conditioning. The year-old remains an intriguing, high-upside play for a franchise seemingly lacking in future star power. Porter has the potential to be a go-to scoring option on the wing. His size allows him to get his shot off over smaller opponents, and his quickness is too much for bigger defenders to handle.
He's a three-level scorer with fluid athleticism and an improving jump shot. Porter would also give Sacramento a more modern look on frontline. Assuming LeBron James sticks around, there may not be a better marriage in the draft than Bridges with Cleveland. The year-old projects as a traditional 3-and-D wing who could alleviate some of the Cavaliers' defensive troubles while giving James a potent 3-point shooter on the other side of the ball.
He also possesses an excellent understanding of team defensive concepts. On offense, he's a career His improvement shooting off movement makes him a more versatile threat. If James leaves in free agency, Bridges will remain a valuable part of a rebuild. Every team needs viable wing prospects, and he still may possess some untapped potential as an offensive creator. The Knicks largely just need talent, but it's hard to ignore the glaring need to fill the point guard spot presuming Frank Ntilikina isn't viewed as a long-term solution there.
Despite the late-season surge from Kentucky's Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Sexton remains the draft's second-best point guard prospect.
The year-old is a competitive force, and his presence alongside Ntilikina would give the Knicks an interesting defensive backcourt in time. Offensively, Sexton's game runs downhill.
He's intent on getting to the rim. However, he still needs to develop into an above average 3-point shooter to be a more well-rounded offensive player. A Philadelphia-based reunion with Mikal Bridges was cut short a few picks ago, so a replacement Bridges will have to do.
The Michigan State sophomore doesn't necessarily excel at any one thing, but he's good at a lot of them. Adding the year-old would bring another versatile defensive option to the 76ers ' roster. He would also give Ben Simmons another perimeter outlet. He's at his best in off-the-catch situations, whether shooting or attacking in a straight-line drive. Philadelphia is primarily concerned with rounding out its roster around Simmons and Joel Embiid. Bridges fits the bill.
Hornets - Wendell Carter Jr. Given the quantity of bigs at the top of the draft and the league's emphasis on guards and wings, it feels inevitable that one of the frontcourt players is likely to slip a bit on draft night.
Don't let that be a reflection of Carter's overall talent level, however. The year-old is an exciting playmaker on the offensive end where his ability to dribble, pass and shoot is impressive for a young center. On defense, there are more question marks. He looked like a solid rim protector playing as the middleman in Duke's zone this season, flashing good timing and the ability to get off the ground quickly.
However, he's also part of the reason the team went to a zone, as he regularly struggled defending ball screens. Gilgeous-Alexander forced his way up draft boards with some impressive late-season performances. No freshman in college basketball was as crafty getting to the rim as the year-old Kentucky star.
Gilgeous-Alexander excelled as a pick-and-roll ball-handler and finisher at the rim. On the other end, his length offers up some interesting potential versatility should he put on strength. After shipping out Blake Griffin earlier this season, the Clippers are looking for an influx of talent with their two late lottery picks. Back-to-back Kentucky freshman to Los Angeles. Knox's intersection of size, youth and athleticism forms the baseline for his intrigue as a prospect.
He projects as a versatile combo forward capable of sliding up and down the lineup. Although he shot just Knox doesn't necessarily project as a high-upside play, but prospects in his archetype are extremely valuable in the modern NBA. The Nuggets were rumored to be interested in OG Anunoby at the draft last year, so perhaps they'll reach up a bit and snag the wing prospect with similar traits in this year's draft. Although Smith is smaller than Anunoby, his combination of athleticism and positive statistical indicators suggest he could be a high-upside prospect.
Whether on the offensive boards or jumping passing lanes, he shows a high-level feel for the game. Improving as a ball-handler and jump shooter will be critical to developing him as a viable offensive player. Marcin Gortat is already 34 years old, so the Wizards will likely be moving into the center market at some point in the near future. Landing a young one with the draft's 15th pick makes quite a bit of sense.
Williams has tremendous instincts as a rim protector. Offensively, he'll function largely as a rim runner, getting out in transition and catching lobs in the pick-and-roll. This pick is a difficult spot for Phoenix. After selecting Ayton at No.
So, the path forward might be to amass wing talent. Brown is a versatile piece with playmaking and defensive upset. He's a comfortable creator with the ball in his hands and can slide up and down the lineup on the other end. He needs to develop his jumper, though, in order to become a potent offensive piece, as he lacks the athleticism necessary to blow by defenders.
The Bucks were the biggest winners following a set of coin flips in that losing their flip was actually a positive. Milwaukee's first-round selection would have transferred to the Suns had the team won the coin flip and picked 16th. Now, they'll get to make a first-round pick in a draft that looks better than Musa faces plenty of defensive question marks, but his ability as a scorer on the wing will still be prized by front offices.
Long-term, he may not profile as much more than a bucket getter off the bench. However, finding a wing who can do that in the middle of the first round is good value. Spurs - Jontay Porter, C, Missouri.
Call this a hunch. Porter is still working his way up draft boards, as he played just However, publicly available analytic models love him due to his youth and unique skills. He is a capable offensive playmaker who can shoot and drive in straight lines. San Antonio's got a smart front office and a history of succeeding with players like Porter on offense. This might just be the time for a reach. The Timberwolves finished the regular season in a tie with the Spurs, but they lost Friday's coin flip, so the Hawks will use their pick to select 19th on draft night.
Walker is a dynamic shot creator who can generate buckets at all three levels. However, he needs to work on his efficiency. He posted just a Still, his package of athleticism and creation ought to be attractive. The Timberwolves, via the Thunder, were the big winners of a four-way coin flip scenario.