The Philadelphia 76ers will have the No. 15th pick in the first round of the NBA draft on June 28. The Sixers also have two picks in the second round at No. 45 and No. 54.
The Sixers will be looking to add a player or two to next year’s roster. The team is coming off a season where they finished in the eighth spot in the NBA Eastern Conference. However, the Sixers made an impressive run in the postseason, losing to the Boston Celtics in seven games in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
The Sixers could use a dominant big man at center or a strong player in the post. They may be able to draft a couple of big men with two of their picks. The Sixers have some power forwards and centers that will be available when their slot comes in the draft. Here are some players the Sixers could focus on with the draft just a few weeks away.
Terrence Jones, Kentucky, 6-foot-9, 252 pounds:
Jones was a key player on Kentucky’s national championship team. He averaged 12.5 points and 7.0 rebounds a game. He took up a lot of space around the basket. Jones can score inside. He complimented Anthony Davis, who will be the No. 1 pick in the draft. He’s a solid defender.
Arnett Moultrie, Mississippi State, 6-foot-10, 230 pounds:
Moultrie has great size and length. He can put the ball on the floor. He can take it to the basket. He averaged 15.8 points and 10.6 rebounds a game. He has good range on his shot. He’s a good rebounder.
Jared Sullinger, Ohio State, 6-foot-9, 280 pounds:
Sullinger is a big body. He knows how to get position around the basket. He was a dominant inside player in the Big Ten Conference. He averaged 17.6 points and 9.3 rebounds a game. Whenever Ohio State needed a big basket, they went inside to Sullinger. He’s a strong inside player.
John Henson, North Carolina, 6-foot-11, 220 pounds:
Henson has the height and length to play center and power forward. He averaged 13.8 points and 10.1 rebounds a game. Henson is a big man who can run the floor. He has a nice touch from 10 to 12 feet away from the basket. He’s fundamentally sound. He plays hard at both ends of the floor.
Meyers Leonard, Illinois, 7-foot-1, 245 pounds:
Leonard is one of the true centers in the draft. He averaged 13.6 points and 8.2 rebounds a game. He does a good job of going to the boards. Leonard takes good shots in the post. Leonard has the height and size most teams are looking for at this position.
Andrew Nicholson, St. Bonaventure, 6-foot-9, 225 pounds:
Nicholson looks like a late first round pick. He averaged 18.4 points and 8.5 rebounds a game. Nicholson can score inside as well as outside. He played extremely well in the Atlantic 10 Conference tournament and the NCAA tournament. He’s a good all-around player.
Kyle O’Quinn, Norfolk State, 6-foot-10, 240 pounds:
O’Quinn opened up a lot of eyes in the NCAA tournament leading Norfolk State to a huge upset over Missouri. He averaged 15.9 points and 10.4 rebounds a game. O’Quinn was named the MEAC Player of the Year. He had a terrific showing in the Portsmouth Invitational Camp. He has already worked out for the Sixers. O’Quinn’s stock seems to be rising.