NBA Mock Draft Roundup: Evaluating the 7 best prospects for the 76ers

Following the NBA combine, mock drafts are running rampant. Here is a breakdown and evaluation of the seven best prospects mocked to the Philadelphia 76ers.
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5. Tristan da Silva, Colorado (CBS, Gary Parrish)

Tristan da Silva is another older prospect entering this season at 23 years old. He has the prototypical size of an NBA wing at 6‘8” with a 6‘10” wingspan. He does not profile as an elite athlete but finished middle of the pack during the athletic testing. Da Silva presents as an offensive oriented wing who can score for all three levels. Teams value his basketball IQ, but personally, I have concerns from evaluating him throughout the season. 

There is no denying da Silva’s offensive ability. He has solid fundamentals, competent finishing ability with either hand, and spaces the floor with his consistent off-ball movement. His shooting form is consistent and demonstrates above average three point ability converting 39.5% of his 4.8 attempts per game. Despite his three point efficiency and 6‘8” size, he shot 49.3% from the field. This is due to his dependence on finesse over physicality while attacking the rim. He is over reliant on low efficiency floaters or turn around jumpers and hook shots while attacking the paint. This lack of physicality explains his low free throw rate.

Defensively, his lack of physicality affects his ability to guard in the post. Lateral agility is also problematic, impacting his ability to guard on the perimeter. Da Silva is ready to contribute for the 76ers, but in a limited capacity. His upside appears low and deficiencies within his game will offer temporary relief while an ongoing search for a long-term replacement is likely necessitated.