By Ben Sullivan
Even though the whole world is focusing on the NFL draft, which is 13 days away, it’s never too early to look at the NBA mock drafts.
Assuming Sixers general manager Sam Hinkie continues to draft based on long-term potential, it’s tough to imagine him passing on Emmanuel Mudiay, who committed to play for Larry Brown at SMU but instead played last season in China.
At 6’5″, 200 pounds with above-the-rim burst for a point guard, Mudiay offers the most upside of anyone left, as well as the ability to fill a need in the Sixers backcourt.
Ohio State’s D’Angelo Russell will be in play, as will Duke’s Justise Winslow, but Mudiay’s mismatch size and electric athleticism could give him an edge during workouts.
If he can convince the Sixers his jumper (13-of-38 from three, 27-of-47 from the line in China) and decision-making (3.3 turnovers per game through 12) are correctable, odds are he’ll be the pick.