We are about two weeks out from the 2019 NBA Draft. The Sixers are heading with the most picks of any team in the league, selecting at No. 24, 33, 34, 42, and 54. Although Philadelphia doesn’t own any lottery picks for the first time in awhile, it’s still an important draft nonetheless. Shooting and bench depth as a whole was a problem for the team last season.
Here are some picks that will hopefully address those issues.
No. 24: Ty Jerome, SG, Virginia
Normally, I would push hard for Tyler Herro from Kentucky here, but each day he’s looking more and more like a lottery pick. Jerome isn’t a bad consolation prize though. While leading the Cavaliers to the National Championship this past season, Jerome did everything. He averaged 13.1ppg while shooting 39% from three. He did this while also averaging 1.5spg. He is also one of the only shooters in the draft who doesn’t become a liability when he goes back on defense.
No. 33: Daniel Gafford, PF/C, Arkansas
One of the sneakiest problems that plagued the Sixers this past year was the 2nd unit center position. Between Boban, Amir, Jonah and the shell of Greg Monroe, the big men off of the bench left a lot to be desired.
Daniel Gafford would help alleviate some of that strain. Turning 21yrs old in October, Gafford would provide toughness, elite athleticism, and energy to the second unit. In his second season with the Razorbacks, he averaged 16.9ppg, 8rpg, and 2bpg. He projects to play similar to Clint Capela once he polishes up his overall game.
No. 34: Ignas Brazkeikis, SF, Michigan
While Jimmy Butler has been an amazing part of the team, the Sixers have missed the 3-and-D play of Robert Covington. Brazkeikis could fill that void. The freshman provided a spark to the Michigan Wolverines every time he stepped on the floor. At 6’7ft, Brazkeikis averaged 14.8ppg, while shooting 39% from three.
No. 42: Luguentz Dort, PG/SG, Arizona State
The reasoning behind this pick is simple: Dort brings energy to the court whenever he touches the ball. At Arizona State, he constantly made it to the rim and drew contact. While playing off of the ball, he provided a deadly slashing option for the Sun Devils.
Now, he isn’t the best shooter in the world, but his defense and hustle are everything. The team could use some insurance at the backup PG position with TJ McConnell entering free agency.
No. 54: Deividas Sirvydis, SF, Lithuania
I love Deividas Sirvydis. He is super raw, but I love him. At only 18yrs old, he would be a great draft-and-stash prospect for this team. He is a great player off the ball, providing a smooth 3-point stroke that would be great for this team down the road.
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Luke is a native of Langhorne, PA. He is a diehard Philly fan and is a graduate of George Mason University.