The Philadelphia 76ers weren’t able to move up any during the NBA Draft Lottery on Tuesday night and will have the 11th pick in June’s draft. It is now time to think about what this team needs and where they could go with that pick.
The first place I look is at the power forward position. There is really no depth there on the Philadelphia roster, and they would be smart to look into drafting Kelly Olynyk.
Olynyk is a 7-footer who averaged 17.8 points and 7.3 rebounds a game this season for Gonzaga. He would fit into the starting lineup perfectly for the 76ers because there really isn’t any competition right now at that position.
The center position is very weak besides Spencer Hawes, and the team doesn’t have any good or true power forwards. I could see how Olynyk would be a better candidate to play center for Philadelphia, but I think a season at power forward wouldn’t hurt.
I think a lot of thought will be given to Olynyk, but I think it may depend even more on who the team gets as their new head coach. That hasn’t been decided yet, and it is likely that whoever the choice is will want his own style of player. Olynyk has the ability to play a few different positions and while I don’t see him being an All-Star caliber player, this draft class is quite weak. There may be no better option than Olynyk at that point of the draft.
He may be a work in progress but he is definitely worth taking at No. 11.