The 2021 NBA draft is approaching quick as groups at the moment are starting to usher in gamers for exercises, they’re determining their plans for draft night time, and they’re additionally attempting to work out whether or not they’re going to make the choice or they commerce out of their decide.
The Philadelphia 76ers are a kind of groups who may make trades on draft night time. President Daryl Morey is a kind of aggressive entrance workplace members who will not be afraid to make any huge strikes. With the twenty eighth decide within the draft–set for July 29–that choice is almost certainly not going to make a giant dent in a championship workforce’s rotation.
Only for enjoyable, nevertheless, a new mock draft posted by The Athletic’s Sam Vecenie has Philadelphia taking Illinois level guard Ayo Dosunmu:
Dosunmu was among the best gamers in faculty basketball this previous season, posting 20 factors, six rebounds and 5 assists whereas main Illinois to a terrific season. Merely put, he’s pro-ready and will have the opportunity to make an affect early due to his athleticism, imaginative and prescient, defensive capacity, size and poise. Having mentioned that, I can inform you there are scouts who aren’t enamored with him due to his jumper. He hit 39 p.c this previous season on beneath 100 makes an attempt, and over the course of his profession, he’s hit 34.5 p.c of his 300-plus 3-point makes an attempt. It’s a little bit of a wonky shot mechanically that scouts fear about by way of consistency. Groups additionally aren’t positive if he’s a lead guard or an off-guard from a imaginative and prescient and playmaking perspective. However he’s additionally thought-about a frontrunner and a high-character man, so there’s some religion he’ll preserve enhancing.
By way of a doable commerce the place Philadelphia strikes this choice and packages it in a possible Ben Simmons commerce, Vecenie provides this:
The 76ers appear doubtless to transfer Ben Simmons this summer time given all the reporting. That will completely reshape the roster and open up a number of completely different avenues. Dosunmu isn’t an ideal shooter, however he’s a high-level defender on the perimeter who additionally has some actual offensive sport. As standard, although, sources have continued to be aware that Daryl Morey tends not to use his draft picks, so don’t be shocked if this decide comes up as a possible commerce choice.
The Sixers are in win-now mode contemplating the timeline of Joel Embiid. As dominant as the large fella is, he’s 27-years outdated now and he has handled plenty of main accidents. Philadelphia is a workforce that must be on monitor proper now to go win whereas Embiid is upright and nonetheless placing up huge numbers. The concept of buying and selling this decide appears very doubtless.