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As it stands, the Philadelphia 76ers are likely not to keep their No. 23 selection in the 2022 NBA draft on Thursday night at Barclays Center as they are shopping the pick aggressively in order to attach it to a player and clear cap space for free agent P.J. Tucker.
With that being said, the selection is still theirs, and taking a look at some mock drafts is still a priority as they move forward with their offseason plans.
While the Sixers have already brought in Jaden Hardy for a workout, there are still some other options out there that fill their need for some depth on the wings. A new mock draft put together by CBS Sports has the Sixers selecting versatile Wendell Moore Jr. from Duke who fills that need.
CBS Sports on Moore Jr.’s Sixers fit:
A steady three-year riser at Duke, Moore picked the right time to leave. His 3-point shooting jumped from 30% to 41.3% this past season. He’s a career 81.4% foul shooter, and has lead guard attributes with 6-5 size. He should be receiving more first-round prognostication. Few on-ball defenders playing guard or wing last season were as game-over-game reliable as Moore, who bolstered his reputation by rarely committing bad fouls or racking up time on the bench due to foul trouble. A mature player with so much good to his game, it’s easy to see how he’ll find a place and likely stick around in the NBA for a long time.
The 3-point shot is what stands out about Moore Jr. He can immediately fill a rotational spot as a 3-and-D player as he comes into the league able to produce on both ends of the floor. At the moment, the Sixers have a 3-guy (Furkan Korkmaz) and a D-guy (Matisse Thybulle) for their bench unit, but Moore Jr. can do both.
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