SIXERS DRAFTEES SPRINGER, PETRUSEV, BASSEY GET NATIONAL PROPS!

By Jerry Wein

The Sixers snapped up three players in Thursday night’s draft, and CBS Sports has handed them props:

28. PG Jaden Springer, Tennessee

I am a fan of what Springer could become, but there’s a reasonable concern that he has used his power to get places in high school and college and might not have the skill to do that stuff in the NBA.

Jared Butler and Ayo Dosunmu might have been better picks. Grade: B+

50. (from New York): PF Filip Petrusev, Serbia

Pretty interesting upside bet here for Philly. A former Gonzaga standout, Petrusev spent last season with Mega Basket and sharpened his shooting skills in a real way, hitting 41.9% of his 3s.

At 7-foot, he presents good value as a late-bloomer who could be a floor-spacing center. Grade: B

53. (from New Orleans): C Charles Bassey, Western Kentucky (above)

I had Bassey mocked to the 76ers in the first round thinking that center depth would be high priority for this Philly front office.

Getting him at 53 should be considered a win.

He’s more of a throwback big man, but he dominated Conference USA as a shot-blocker and interior post presence and has the rebounding chops to at worst be a backup center. Grade: A

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