What Should the Sixers Draft at #15?

Mar 25, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Baylor Bears forward Perry Jones III (1) drives against Kentucky Wildcats guard Darius Miller (1) during the first half in the finals of the south region of the 2012 NCAA men

That’s right. “What” should the Sixers draft? There are two glaring holes on this roster: Scoring guard (perhaps forward) and interior presence. Most likely only one of those holes will be filled during the draft. The question is, which hole would be filled better?

It’s not that bad. The way I see it, you draft for one hole and trade Andre Iguodala for another one. Both holes seem equally important to me so the Sixers should probably just draft the best player that fills either hole.

But, if I had to pick, I would go with the interior presence. I would draft the big man. You don’t easily find good Power Forwards and especially Centers. That’s why Spencer Hawes is still in the league. Darko Milicic. Eddy Curry. Being tall and talented is rare so when you see a seven-footer able to run and dribble, you jump at it.

But this goes back to whether the Sixers can trade for the big man that they need. I don’t think so. I mean, the Sixers don’t need a superstar. I’ve said it before, they can keep up their balanced game. They just need a consistent scorer (especially in clutch situations) and a big man that can rebound, score, and defend. It sounds so simple and basic but that’s what the Sixers sorely lack.

Trade to get the scorer. Draft the big man. It’s possible Sixers could use Iguodala and the 15th pick to move up into the lottery, although I’m not sure if that would really happen. Anyway, what if the Sixers drafted AND traded for a big man? You got a Center and PF. The money available from amnestying Elton Brand could be used to sign a scorer. I just hope it isn’t used for two players on the current roster. In fact, my next post will talk about two specific players that I fear would be overpaid by the Sixers.

In the meantime, the Sixers know what they need. They just need to figure out how to get it.

Topics: 2012 NBA Draft, 76ers

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  • AirAlamo

    @DanteWrites In his latest mock, Ford has Terrence Jones going to the Sixers. What do you think? He seems to be a hybrid; long + can shoot.

    • DanteWrites

      @AirAlamo I’d want him. He does the 3 things the Sixers need from a big man: score, rebound, and defend. He’s not great but he’ll work.

      • AirAlamo

        @DanteWrites Is he your ideal pick or do you have someone in particular that you like a bit more?

        • DanteWrites

          @AirAlamo Just read about a red flag on Sullinger’s health. If not T. Jones, I would go with Sullinger. But either one would be fine with me

        • AirAlamo

          @DanteWrites Sullinger has dropped dramatically. I didn’t like him prior though. High IQ but I can’t see him overcoming his athleticism.

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  • kyle.bright

    My only thing is, do they know what they need? They need an interior prescence. But they knew that last year, and picked a center, but not the type of center that they need. They basically just got a similar player to Spencer Hawes, a finesse center. So, they need to not just pick the right position, but the right type of player.

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