Okay the Sixers have the third pick in the draft. What does that mean? Who is going to be there with the Celtics and the Lakers picking before them? I don’t even want to get into a conversation about Boston and Los Angeles getting the two top picks. Who is going to have the nerve to tell me that is a coincidence?
Regardless, let’s focus on the Sixers. Who should they pick?
It’s got to be one of the following five players: Washington’s Markelle Fultz, UCLA’s Lonzo Ball, Kansas’ Josh Jackson, Florida States’ Jonathan Isaac or Kentucky’s De’Aaron Fox. Some have even mentioned Duke’s Jayson Tatum or Kentucky’s Malik Monk could very easily work his way into that conversation.
Kentucky’s De’Andre Fox is on tape saying how he fells about playing with Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid.
“I feel like I’m shooting it a lot better,” Fox said. “Once I’m getting back to how I shot it in high school, I feel like I could really fit with Ben. He’s fast. I feel like the position he plays, not many people can grab a rebound and push it with the speed and vision that he has.”
“Playing with any good big, it’s a positive”, Fox said about playing with Embiid. “It kind of takes the pressure off of you. You throw it in there and they’re going to double-team and do whatever they can to stop him. It’s going to get me open looks, and I just have to show that I can knock them down.”
If he could hit his outside shot he would be a great fit with Embiid and Simmons, but I don’t buy him saying he’s going to shoot like he did in high school. I do like the speed Fox has. You can’t buy speed. Either you have or you don’t.
Fox dropped 39 on Lonzo Ball and UCLA with Lakers GM Magic Johnson sitting in the first row. ESPN draft analyst Chad Ford wrote “growing movement among teams to rank Kentucky’s De’Aaron Fox ahead of Ball.”
Ball is a tremendous player with greater shooting range than Fox. He would seem to be a good fit with Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid because he has an outside shot and he has the ability to play without the ball because of his outside shooting ability.
Don’t forget Florida State’s young Jonathan Isaac, who is a 6’10” phenom with three-point range, athleticism and ball-handling skills.
I wouldn’t be surprised if the Birds find themselves having to choose between Fox, Lonzo Ball, Josh Jackson, or Jonathan Isaac.
What do you think?