Over the years, a good handful of gems have been found in the 2nd round of the NBA Draft. Denver star, Nikola Jokic, was the 41st pick in 2014, Milwaukee found a steal in Brogdon at pick 36 a few seasons ago, and the list goes on.
The Sixers could use some production out of a young player who will be on a feasible rookie deal since Philadelphia figures to have a lot of their money tied up to their core of Embiid, Simmons, Butler and possibly Harris. With four picks in the 2nd round, they’ll have a fair shot in finding that production.
Below are some potential draft day steals in the 2nd round.
Louis King, SF, Oregon
2018-19: 13.5ppg 5.5.rpg 38.6% from 3pt
Although he was a 5 star recruit and #11 overall in his class coming out of high school, King flew under the radar at the collegiate level for the most part. As a freshman, he was the second highest scorer on an Oregon Ducks team that made a deep run in the tourney and finished 12 games over .500 on the season.
With a quick first step and a smooth shooting stroke, King could score in a variety of ways offensively. And with his athleticism and length, he projects to be a solid defender in the league as well, being able to guard multiple positions.
Dylan Windler, SG/SF, Belmont
2018-19: 21.3ppg 10.8rpg 42.9% from 3pt
Arguably one of the best shooters in the draft, Windler is an obvious fit on a Sixers team that is in the market for some marksmen. Although he’s one of the oldest prospects in this class and played inferior competition in the Ohio Valley Conference, Windler’s production is something you can’t overlook.
With excellent size (6’8ft) mixed in with his knockdown shooting, Windler should carve out a prominent role right away in his NBA career. Athleticism and defense are the only real question marks when it comes to the Belmont product but he makes up for it in other areas as he’s an advanced rebounder as well.
Jontay Porter, PF/C, Washington
2017-18: 9.9.ppg 6.8rpg 1.7bpg
Injuries plagued Jontay’s collegiate career much like his older brother, Michael. The fact that we’re even here talking about potentially drafting a player with two torn ACLs in just as many years speaks to the talent that Porter possesses.
Jontay fits the mold of your prototypical NBA big in today’s game. The list goes on in terms of talking about his strengths. He’s a capable shooter on the perimeter, has the ability to create off the dribble, and is a great passer. Although he’s a risk with his prior injury history, his talent is worth the gamble.
Darius Bazley, SF/PF, N/A
Bazley made a lot of buzz when he decommitted from Syracuse in 2018 to play in the G-League instead. His career in the G-League never happened either after he bypassed that route as well and opted to train for the draft year round while also interning for New Balance.
At 6’9ft with a near 7ft wingpsan, Bazley offers tremendous size on the perimeter and his ball handling is quite impressive for a player of his size. Darius is a bit of a project as he’ll need to improve his perimeter shooting and add weight, but the upside is there.
Jalen Lecque, PG/SG, Brewster Academy (HS)
2018-19: 15.2ppg 45% field goal
Another player with an unusual path to the league is Jalen Lecque out of Brooklyn, New York. This super athletic combo guard decided to forgo his commitment to NC State and enter the NBA Draft. This was possible due to Lecque playing a 5th year of high school basketball at the Brewster Academy.
Although he’s viewed more so as a project, Lecque’s elite athleticism makes him a prospect that’s worth a flyer in the 2nd. If he could clean up his playmaking and improve his shooting, he could become a real threat down the road.
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