2013 NBA Draft: Philadelphia 76ers Make History with Arsalan Kazemi
It has been a whirlwind of a second round for the Philadelphia 76ers. They took Glen Rice Jr, traded his rights for Nate Wolters and the number 54 pick, traded the rights to Wolters for Ricky Ledo and then traded Ledo for future considerations.
So after all that they ended up with the number 54 pick and with it, they took Arsalan Kazemi out of the University of Oregon.
With this pick, the Sixers receive a tenacious rebounder, but more importantly a passionate hard-working kid. Kazemi makes history as the first Iranian player drafted in NBA history and quite frankly he deserves a chance to make a team.
After starting his career at Rice, Kazemi transferred to Oregon where he averaged 9.4 points and 10 rebounds per game. He led Oregon to the sweet sixteen and in his three NCAA tournament games he averaged 10 points and a ridiculous 15 rebounds per game.
Kazemi’s motor is out of this world and although he is undersized I feel like he could carve out a role in the NBA. He could be like a Reggie Evans and help a team on the offensive and defensive glass and play with high energy. When you get in the final six or seven picks, you are just looking for someone who is good enough to make the team. With Kazemi, the Sixers are taking someone who plays hard enough that he very well could find a spot on this young and rebuilding roster.
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