Grading the Philadelphia 76ers’ NBA Draft

Grading the Philadelphia 76ers' NBA Draft

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Draft night for the Philadelphia 76ers was sure to be anything but dull. After leading all teams with seven picks, two in the first round and five in the second round, the biggest question now became, what tricks did GM Sam Hinkie have up his sleeve? Well, he didn’t show his full hand and still got some solid talent, including some names you might not know.

No. 3 Pick - Joel Embiid

Joel Embiid
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No. 3 Pick - Joel Embiid

Joel Embiid
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Assuming Joel Embiid will make a full recovery and become a very useful asset for the 76ers, Sam Hinkie cashed in with a steal in Embiid, who could quite possibly be the best player in the draft, which is why I grade this selection as an “A”. If Embiid is able to live up to expectations, he will be one of the best centers in the league. That said, it’s hard to say Embiid was a bad pick, despite the injuries.

No. 12 Pick Via Trade - Dario Saric

Dario Saric
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No. 12 Pick Via Trade - Dario Saric

Dario Saric
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It’s hard to know too much about Dario Saric, but considering he won’t be able to play for the 76ers for at least another two seasons, it’s hard to give this selection anything higher than a “B.” Saric has tons of skill and potential, but until he can prove how good he will be against the world’s best talent in the NBA, I’m just not sold on how good he actually is.

No. 32 Pick - K.J. McDaniels

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No. 32 Pick - K.J. McDaniels

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K.J. McDaniels turned out to be one of the steals of the draft. With where he was taken, I give the 76ers an “A” for the McDaniels selection, as he will add elite athleticism, tenacious defense, and a great ability to slash and make plays happen around the rim.

No. 39 Pick - Jerami Grant

Jerami Grant
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No. 39 Pick-Jerami Grant

Jerami Grant
No. 39 Pick - Jerami Grant

Jerami Grant was a guy many mock drafts had falling to the 76ers in the 2nd round. Just as they predicted, Grant became a Sixer with the 39th pick and with the Sixers desperate need on the wing, I grade this selection as a “B-.” Grant will bring with him tons of athleticism and toughness, which is a huge need for the 76ers. Now, he just needs to focus on his ability to do things outside of the paint.

No. 47 Pick Via Trade - Pierre Jackson

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No. 47 Pick Via Trade - Pierre Jackson

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I absolutely love this pick by the 76ers and give this a grade of “B+” after trading Russ Smith for Pierre Jackson. Jackson was an explosive scorer and definite leader at Baylor. After not getting much of an opportunity during his rookie season, Jackson will be a great option off the bench as a scorer and floor general.

No. 54 Pick - Vasilje Micic

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No. 54 Pick - Vasilje Micic

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As a late second round selection, Vaslilje Micic is a decent pick for the 76ers. I only grade this pick as a “C” due to Micic still being unproven against elite competition. Outside of that, Micic is a guard with great size, an amazing passing touch, and a jumper who can get hot at any moment. If he can pan out for Philly, this would be a great addition, but as it stands now, there’s just a bunch of uncertainties surrounding Micic.

No. 58 Pick Via Trade - Jordan McRae

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No. 58 Pick Via Trade - Jordan McRae

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Jordan McRae fills a huge need for the 76ers, and they didn’t land until the final picks of the draft with a trade. I give the 76ers landing McRae a “B+” for filling a dire need of a shooting guard with the ability to knock down jumper consistently. What’s even better for the team is that McRae’s explosive nature fits perfectly with their transition offense.

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