Grading the Last 5 Philadelphia 76ers Lottery Picks
Last Five Lottery Pick Grades
The Philadelphia 76ers find themselves in an all-too familiar place in 2013; the lottery portion of the NBA Draft. In the last 15 years, this will be the sixth time they have a lottery pick. This year they will be choosing 11th overall, which is a difficult spot to obtain a superstar.
The last five players to be selected number 11 overall were Meyers Leonard, Klay Thompson, Cole Aldrich, Terrence Williams and Jerryd Bayless. Of the five, Thompson looks like the brightest star. Bayless has had an impact as a role player, Aldrich and Williams have not done much and Leonard is still a developing prospect.
This is the reality the Sixers face; the pick could very well be hit or miss. Many mock drafts have the Sixers taking Cody Zeller or Kelly Olynyk. Either one of these guys could pan out to be a solid pro or could be a complete bust. Gone are the days where the Sixers were bad enough to win the lottery and bring in a franchise changer like Allen Iverson. Instead, they are stuck in mediocrity hoping to find a young player who can contribute with their draft pick.
With the draft a little over a month away, it’s time to rate the 76ers' draft success by looking at the last five lottery picks they’ve had. We are going to grade them on their total body of work in their NBA career and see who else the 76ers could have taken with that pick.
Evan Turner (2010) C+
Evan Turner has had an up and down tenure in Philly. Last year he averaged career highs in points (13.3), rebounds (6.3) and assists (4.3), but he was extremely inefficient and still has poor shot selection. Because he was the number two overall pick, these numbers do not meet up to lofty expectations.
Others players 76ers could have drafted: DeMarcus Cousins, Greg Monroe, Paul George.
Thaddeus Young (2007) B+
As the 12th overall pick, Thaddeus Young has carved out a nice career in the league. Last year he averaged 14.8 points and 7.5 rebounds and he is the king of hustle out there on the court. The Sixers got high value with this pick.
Other players 76ers could have selected: Marc Gasol.
Thabo Sefolosha (2006) B
Although he never suited up for the 76ers, Thabo Sefolosha has had a solid NBA career. He was traded on draft day for Rodney Carney and has made a nice career out of hitting the three-pointer and being one of the best perimeter defenders in the league.
Other players 76ers could have drafted: Rajon Rondo, Kyle Lowry, Paul Millsap
Andre Iguodala (2004) A-
When Andre Iguodala was selected number nine overall, he had many critics. I personally feel he did a great job in Philly. He took the team to within one win of the Eastern Conference Finals last season and was an Olympian and an All-Star. He boasts career averages of 15.1 points, 5.8 rebounds and 4.9 assists.
Players 76ers could have drafted instead: Al Jefferson, Josh Smith.
Larry Hughes (2004) C-
Larry Hughes was a high pick (eighth overall) and was taken to form "The Flight Brothers" with teammate Allen Iverson. It was exciting for his year and a half in Philly and he bounced around to different teams and put together a decent career after that (14.1 points per game). The reason the grade isn't higher is because of who the Sixers passed up on to take him.
Other players 76ers could have drafted: Dirk Nowitzki, Paul Pierce, Al Harrington, Rashard Lewis.