When the Philadelphia 76ers’ luck ended up striking them the second overall pick in this year’s NBA Draft, it appeared to be the beginning of the Evan Turner era in Philly. But not so fast. Although Turner still remains a leading candidate, a new face has surfaced – Derrick Favors.
The 6’10”, 245 pound forward has drawn a lot of attention as of late. Expected to be a top five pick, Favors has recently worked out for the Sixers, along with the likes of Turner, DeMarcus Cousins, and even John Wall. With Wall expected to be a lock for first overall, that gives the Sixers two logical options: Turner and Favors (possibly Cousins).
Let’s say the Sixers take Turner as everyone expects them to. The Ohio State grad would most likely play at either the 2 or 3, with Jrue Holliday controlling the reigns at point. Nobody will knock Turner for the offensive input he could provide, but in recent history we have seen the Sixers struggle down low. The East is getting bigger and more dominant down low, while the Sixers are remaining the same with Samuel Dalembert and Elton Brand (when healthy). I’m not saying that Favors could step in right away and be the low post presence that we have seeked for many years now, but he does have that potential. With Mareese Speights still young and developing into a solid player, the Sixers could bolster their future with another big man in Favors, and then look elsewhere (via free agency or trade) to acquire another shooter.
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