With the NBA Draft less than a month away, mock drafts are in full swing and players are being evaluated. Once draft night arrives, all eyes will be on the first hour of the draft, where the Sixers will be using their No. 3 lottery pick, and rightfully so. However, it’s the second-round that should have fans watching. Thanks to the Mad Scientist better known as Sam Hinkie, as of right now the Sixers have five second-round picks. While they may trade some of those before draft night, here are some guys that could fit in well with the organization in the future.
Vince Hunter SF 6’9”, 208 lbs. UTEP
Vincent Hunter is a guy that reminds me of Jerami Grant who Brett Brown raved about last season. Projected as a late first/early second round pick, Hunter averaged 15 points and 9 rebounds a game last season, and is an athletic freak, posting a 37.5 inch vertical leap at the NBA combine. He’s a player that has the ability to guard multiple positions, something again that the Sixers seem to look for in a player. His two shortcomings, a lack of a perimeter game and a lack of strength, are two that can be improved with experience. While he may not change the face of the franchise, Hunter is a guy that can play defense and is willing to do the dirty work.
Oliver Hanlan SG 6’4”, 186lbs. Boston College
Oliver Hanlan is a player that had a fantastic college career but has not won over scouts so far. Hanlan put up 19.5 points and 4.5 assists for a team that was near the bottom of the ACC. Hanlan is an above average three-point shooter who can put the ball on the floor and create points for others and for himself, either at the line or at the rim. His shortcomings come from his lack of elite size and athleticism, something that doesn’t bode well as an NBA defender or player in general. However, with today’s game predicated on driving the ball and shooting, Hanlan might be able to contribute to an NBA roster.
Andrew Harrison PG 6’ 6”, 213lbs. Kentucky
The biggest name on this list, Andrew Harrison is a guy who spent his 2 years of college playing for one of the best teams in the country. His 9 points and 3.5 assists won’t overwhelm anyone, but this can be attributed to the platoon system employed by Kentucky, limiting his minutes. Harrison is a big guard who is tough on defense and is an above average scorer, who isn’t afraid of the big games. His lack of elite size and questionable attitude are the two things that have scouts projecting him in the second round. If we for some reason don’t get Emmanuel Mudiay or D’Angelo Russell, or even if we do, Harrison is a big point guard who can shoot, something that is a valuable asset to any team.