When you have a late lottery pick like the Philadelphia 76ers have, sometimes it’s tough to find a prospect who has the skill set or the maturity to contribute right away. Sometimes you have to go the route of taking a “project player.” This is someone who can come in and work at practice and doesn’t need to contribute in games right away because you already have enough players at that position.
Now the Sixers do not necessarily have that anywhere, but they could. If they decide to bring back Andrew Bynum on a short term deal and see if he can stay healthy, they would have two formidable centers in Bynum and Spencer Hawes. They also have Lavoy Allen and Arnett Moultrie as young backup big men. That would allow them to draft a project center in the 2013 NBA Draft and the one with the most upside is Rudy Gobert from France.
Gobert is only 20 years old. He averaged 8.4 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.9 blocks in a French League this past season. He is not someone who will contribute right away, but he has way more upside than some of the other big men in this draft such as Kelly Olynyk and Cody Zeller to be specific.
Gobert is a freak athletically, measuring at 7’2” with a 7’8.5” wingspan. He has all the tools to be a physical force on both ends of the floor, but he needs to get stronger. If he can sit for at least a year behind Hawes and Bynum it would do wonders for his maturity. He can learn the game, get stronger and get ready to be a big time contributor the following year.
If the Sixers let Bynum go, they need to draft someone who can contribute right away. But a healthy Bynum means there’s room to take a chance on a project, and Gobert would be the perfect fit.