By Annie Ross
The NBA draft is only a week away, and for the first time in at least three years the Sixers, who have picks 1, 24 and 26 in the first round, can select for fit.
The Sixers have a starting point guard on the books next season (Ish Smith is entering free agency) but they lack depth in both the backcourt and the perimeter. The Sixers could address those needs with their 24th or 26th picks.
“I think this will be one of the first opportunities we have to think about fit,” vice president of basketball administration Brandon Williams said yesterday following a pre-draft workout. “It’s always: You want talent. You don’t sacrifice great fit for poor talent. But considering all things being equal, we have an opportunity to balance our roster and we may be able to do that as we get to the 20s.”
The Sixers’ frontcourt already is stacked with Nerlens Noel, Jahlil Okafor (above), Carl Landry, Richaun Holmes, Jerami Grant (non-guaranteed contract), and the anticipated Joel Embiid, when he is cleared to play. Dario Saric, who Brett Brown has described as a “three-four” could join the Sixers next season from Europe.
The depth thins out from there. Nik Stauskas is the only guard with a guaranteed contract. Robert Covington, T.J. McConnell and Kendall Marshall have non-guaranteed deals for next season. The Sixers have a team option on Hollis Thompson, and Isaiah Canaan has a qualifying offer.