Could the Philadelphia 76ers aim for a more mature point guard in the draft?
A former Mr. Basketball in Michigan, his Senior Year of High School, Cassius Winston enters the NBA Draft as a three-year starter from Michigan State.
Winston, who was named Big Ten Player of the Year his Junior Year, took a step back his Senior Year but still won Big Ten First Team Honors. Despite this, Winston is difficult to predict when it comes to the NBA Draft. Major sites are split on where he is going, with projections ranging from late first round to undrafted.
Not only did Winston dominate on the court, but he also has a hell of a backstory. His younger brother, Zach, a basketball player himself, was tragically struck by a train in November of 2019. Winston battled back from this tremendous loss and landed himself on the list of top-25 career NCAA assist leaders.
For the Philadelphia 76ers, Winston is not a perfect fit, but would certainly be a welcomed selection in the second round. This 6-foot-1 point-guard could fill in the backup point guard spot and replace Raul Neto players and allow Alec Burks to return to his natural position.