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.
76ers, Isaiah Collier
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1. Isaiah Collier, USC (NBADraft.Net)

Isaiah Collier is another tantalizing prospect who had high expectations entering college. He was a five star recruit and number one ranked prospect in his class. Early mock drafts had him pegged as the number one overall selection. An inconsistent season and poor team results at USC led to his significant fall. Collier didn’t measure considerably well at the combine. He stood at 6‘3” with a 6‘5” wingspan. His maximal vertical leap topped out at 34” but he timed within the top ten of his class during the agility and speed drills. 

Collier is a stocky physical guard who excels at penetrating. His change of speeds and first step quickness allow him to get by his initial defender to draw help. Collier is a willing passer and sees the floor well, but execution of passes lead to his high turnover rate. Collier regularly seeks contact while attacking, explaining his 5.8 free throw attempts per game. Unfortunately, Collier is a poor shooter converting 67.3% of those attempts. He didn’t shoot much better from the field, converting 49 percent of his attempts.

Besides ball security issues and shooting ability, off-ball engagement was problematic on both sides of the ball. Offensively, he offered minor contributions without the ball and defensively, he was consistently out of position. He was regularly late on rotations, gave up backdoors, and was nonexistent on the glass. His effort and engagement improved as the season transpired but consistency throughout a game continued to be a problem. Collier is another young prospect who doesn’t turn 20 until October. Unfortunately, without floor spacing ability, a ball dominant nature, and consistent defensive lapses, his fit on the 76ers is not ideal.

Verdict: Which prospects would fit best with the 76ers?

Of each of these prospects, Carter looks like the best fit. He is a two way player who will not take extensive time to contribute at the pro level. He competes on both sides of the ball. Offensively, he brings an element of creation but will fit in nicely as an off-ball player. Defensively, he can utilize his athleticism, length, and instincts to guard multiple positions. More importantly, he can take the defensive responsibility off of Maxey. This will allow Maxey to utilize his energy on the offensive side of the ball. His ceiling may not be the highest of this list of prospects covered but his immediate production and longevity should fit nicely.

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