The 2018-19 season is officially over with the Toronto Raptors winning their first championship and now the focus fully shifts to the offseason and NBA Draft.
The Sixers are looking to improve within the margins of their team. They are in desperate need of shooting, playmaking, and wing defenders who can come off of the bench, and their are plenty of options for them in this draft.
Below is my Sixers mock 2.0 for the 2019 NBA Draft:
No. 24: Cameron Johnson, SF, North Carolina
The name of the game in this pick is the shooting that Johnson offers. This past season, Johnson shot 45.7% from deep and was in the 97th percentile of catch-and-shoot threes. With tremendous size (6’9ft) , he provides a great plug-and-play option that would provide a deadly sniper off the bench for this team.
No. 33: Carsen Edwards, PG, Purdue
Carsen would be a great selection at this point in the draft. He’s widely considered one of the best scorers in this class. While he is undersized, he would provide a nice spark for a team that sometimes struggled to score when their starters weren’t on the floor.
No. 34: Ty Jerome, PG/SG, Virginia
With the way that things are looking, it is seeming like Jerome has the chance to fall down to this spot. This is great for the Sixers, who would love and appreciate the high IQ and shooting that Jerome offers.
At Virginia last year, he averaged 13.1ppg while shooting 39% from deep.
No. 42: Admiral Schofield, SF/PF, Tennessee
Truth be told, I never really understood the hype around Schofield. To me, he just seemed like the basketball version of D.K. Metcalf. Big, athletic, and tough.
However, after looking at his tape from this past season, my mind has changed. Schofield is a stout defender who also provides a solid three point stroke. Taking him this late in the draft would be a low risk-high reward for the Sixers.
No. 54: Charles Matthews, SF, Michigan
This selection wouldn’t have that much of an impact early on. While going through predraft workouts, Matthews tore his ACL and is most likely out for the 2019-20 season.
His defense warrants a pick at this spot though, as he was one of the nations best at that end of the ball. While he does need help with his offensive game, he would provide another wing defender for this team, which you could never get enough of.
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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.