RANDLE COULD BE A POWERFUL SIXERS PICK AT 10

By Lewis Gould

All the talk about the Sixers’ draft pick at No. 3 has concentrated on Andrew Wiggins, Joel Embiid and Jabari Parker, either of whom would lift Philly out of the Bermuda Triangle of NBA mediocrity and worse.

But they also have the No. 10 pick in the June 26 draft, thanks to Sam Hinkie’s 2013 draft day trade of Jrue Holiday to New Orleans, and that decision could have as much of an impact on the Sixers’ future as the 3.

Julius Randle, the 6-9, 234-pound power forward from Kentucky, is a distinct possibility. He averaged 15.0 points, 10.4 rebounds, 1.4 assists per game for the Final Four Wildcats, and he may be available at 10.

Here is what others are saying about him:

NBADraft

Strengths: Very strong upper body and a reliable left hand … He shows a strong motor, and finishes well around the rim with contact … He is very skilled with his face up game and has shown some creative finishing ability … He is very dangerous on P&R and Pick and Pop, because of his ability to hit mid-range jumpers … Though he lacks elite explosiveness, he is able to use his strong frame to protect the ball and avoid blocks … On the offensive boards he is an absolute beast, relentless in seeking out rebounds

Weaknesses: Despite all the good things mentioned about his game there are a lot of concerns about Randle … In a way Randle’s high energy, “bully ball” style of playing reminds some of how Shabazz Muhammad, at a different position, overpowered people last year and we’ve seen how much the former UCLA small forward has struggled in the league … It’s been noted that Randle is undersized for the PF position, lacking ideal length with a sub 7 foot wingspan … He may struggle to create looks against stronger, more athletic and taller opponents in the post

ESPN
Strengths: Versatile power forward: Can score both with back to the basket and as a face-up forward. Elite rebounder. NBA body. Good ball handler. Amazing motor
Weaknesses: Not an elite defender. Not always in tip-top shape. Has struggled with his jumper this season

Video Breakdown:
Coming into this past college basketball season, Randle was considered by some to be the top NBA prospect, ahead of even Andrew Wiggins of Kansas and Jabari Parker of Duke. That is no longer the case, as Randle has been passed by Wiggins, Parker, Joel Embiid of Duke and Dante Exum of Australia. Some even have him slipping outside of the top five.

That does not, however, mean Randle can’t be a franchise-changing player for whatever team drafts him.

Randle has good size, and is big enough to guard NBA power forwards. When watching him play, it is easy to forget that he is 6-foot-9 and 234 pounds. Check out the way he takes the ball to the basket here. Now remember that he is the same size and weight as former Sixers’ forward Derrick Coleman was.

As a power forward at the next level, however, Randle is going to have to be able to score down low. It is impressive how he is able to hang in the air long enough to get his shot up while also taking the contact. That is going to be huge for him in the NBA, as he will have to deal with taller and stronger players in the paint.

Although Randle won’t be as big as the power forwards and centers he faces in the NBA, he will be quicker than many. Randle does a great job controlling his body during this spin move and finishing.

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