While everyone is focusing on what the Phialdelphia 76ers will do with the 11th overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, it is important to also note that the team has two second -ound picks in this year’s draft: number 35 and number 42 overall.
The Sixers can take a few different approaches when it comes to the second round. Depending what they do with number 11, they can either draft a shooter and another big man in the second round, or they could package the picks to try and get back into the end of the first round to get a more polished prospect.
Assuming they elect to keep the picks, one prospect to keep an eye on is Isaiah Canaan out of Murray State. Canaan burst onto the scene during the 2011-12 season when he averaged 19 points per game for a Murray State team that won its first 23 games of the season and eventually lost in the third round of the NCAA Tournament. Last year, Canaan averaged nearly 22 points per game but didn’t receive the same notoriety because Murray State did not make the tournament.
The knock on Canaan is that he comes from a small school and that he is not a true point guard. Damian Lillard (Weber State) also came out of a small school and was able to win rookie of the year for the Portland Trailblazers. As for not being a true point guard, look no further than former Philadelphia 76er Louis Williams. Lou Will, a former second-round pick, was an undersized shooting guard who came off the bench and gave the team a much needed scoring punch. Canaan would be able to do the same thing and could end up being one of those prospects that pans out in the second round.
Guys like Marc Gasol, Monta Ellis, Manu Ginobili and even Willis Reed were all former second-round picks who have had successful careers. The Sixers could take a chance on Canaan and see if he becomes the next.