It’s an exciting time to be a Philadelphia sports fan. The Eagles and the NFL just had the draft right here on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in the city. It was very well done and attended by Birds fans. Now tonight, the Sixers have a chance to take another step towards being a NBA power. The best scenario would have them getting the first pick and the fourth pick.
It would be an exciting time here if the Sixers were to come out of the lottery with a couple of the top picks, which would assure them of getting one of two of the country’s best young players to play along with Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons.
It would be great to acquire to Washington’s 6’4″ guard Markelle Fultz, who is a great scorer, who can play the point or the two. He can penetrate and take the ball to the hole or he can fill the hoop up from three point range. Fultz runs the pick and roll like nobody you’ve even seen. He’s great at splitting the defense and taking the ball to the hole. Fultz can finish himself, plus he’s a great passer, who sees the floor very well.
UCLA’s 6’6 point guard Lonzo Ball and his Dad could end up coming to the Philadelphia. I’m not crazy about his Dad, but Ball has got great passing, long-distance shooting and decision-making skills, which would blend well with Embiid and Simmons. Somebody is going to try to tamper with his jump shot, but I don’t care whether he continues to shoot with that funny twist as long as the ball continues to go into the hoop. He’s going to fill out and get stronger as he gets older.
Kansas’ athletic 6’8″ swingman Josh Jackson of Kansas, would be electrifying on the wing with Simmons and Embiid. He’s got range on his jump shot and he knows how to finish. If you let Simmons, Embiid and Jackson grow together, they could be a great championship trio.
Kentucky’s 6’3″ Malik Monk could be a good fit in the Sixers back court because his shooting range would spread the floor for Simmons and Embiid. Hopefully, the young man fills out as he matures, so that he gets stronger. Right now, Monk’s body is not ready for the NBA, but he’s likely to put on some bulk and muscle through the years.
His college teammate 6’4″ guard De’Aaron Fox would be great to have around also. Fox is more of a slasher, who has the ability to put the ball on the floor and create. He needs to develop his outside shooting going forward. How do you go help on either of these guys, when Embiid is headed to the hoop and waiting for them to just throw it up for the alley-oop?
I know the Sixers have screwed up many times in the past, but I don’t even see how the Sixers could screw this up.