Breaking down how the Philadelphia 76ers fared in the 2024 NBA Draft

2024 NBA Draft - Round One
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The 76ers’ other additions

Justin Edwards, Wing, Kentucky

Justin Edwards, Aaron Estrada
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Going undrafted, Justin Edwards received a call from the hometown 76ers to come play for them. Pedigree? He’s got it. He was the third ranked high school prospect entering this past season. Size? Not an issue. At the combine, Edwards measured at 6’6” with a 6’10” wingspan. 

It’s no secret that his freshman season didn’t go according to plan. He remained a starter for Kentucky throughout the season but found his role and minutes decreasing over time. He became overshadowed by Kentucky’s two eventual lottery picks, Reed Sheppard and Rob Dillingham. 

Edwards only averaged 8.8 points per game and ranked as the second worst regular rotation player on his team according to Box Plus/Minus. On a positive note, he shot a respectable 36.5% from three. 

Defensively, he struggled with discipline, effort, and consistency. He was out of position and late during rotations. And he likes to gamble for steals rather than sitting low in a stance to slide his feet. 

He’s an older prospect turning 21 before the end of the year, but by all accounts, he had a draftable grade. If you don’t believe me, check out the links from earlier. He rated as high as 30 and as low as 56. Maybe returning home can rekindle some of the magic he once had.

If he finds his form, he’ll be a positive addition on the 76ers roster. All upside without the risk!