By Nathan Grubel @The_Only_Grubes on June 13, 2014
The Philadelphia 76ers are guaranteed a potential franchise player with their third overall pick, and are locked in on their choices for that selection. Here are five players the 76ers should avoid with their second lottery selection.
Gordon is an athletic freak and has loads of potential on the defensive end, however his offensive ability is a different story. Gordon was limited to transition finishes and dunks his freshman season at Arizona, and his free throw shooting was terrible all year long. The Sixers already have one defensive-minded big in Nerlens Noel, and the Sixers need someone who can consistently score in the paint. Gordon is not that guy.
Smart is more of a combo guard, and could form a potent defensive backcourt along with Michael Carter-Williams. The questions with Smart rely on the offensive side of the ball, where Smart can score in the lane but has an inconsistent shot from deep that can make problems for a team if he is just jacking up shots like he did at times with Oklahoma State. The Sixers need a shooter to pair with their non-shooting point guard. Smart doesn't cut it.
LaVine is an explosive athlete who can really shoot it from deep and potentially turn into a lethal combo guard in the mold of Russell Westbrook. LaVine has potential on both ends of the floor, but still needs to add a lot of strength and get better finishing in traffic, as well as consistently playing defense and utilizing his physical gifts. LaVine is a project, and not a good fit for a team that is looking to make up for a horrible season.
Randle is a beast in the post, and is arguably the best rebounder in the draft. Pairing him with Noel could be a huge step in the right direction; if only his health was a guarantee. Randle could potentially be looking at foot surgery after it has been reported that the foot he broke in high school has not healed properly. The Sixers need to nail both of their lottery picks, and gambling on a big man with foot problems is way too risky.
Saric is a gifted point forward who is developing an outside shot and scoring touch in the mid-range. Saric could create a lot of mismatch problems, but only if he actually comes to the NBA. Saric has been back and forth for a few years now whether to stay in Europe or come to America. The Sixers need to draft a player that can come in and learn right away, not one that does not even know if he truly wants to play in the NBA.
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