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Blake Wesley, Notre Dame
O’Connor: “The Sixers are exploring trades involving this pick and Danny Green, according to sources. … If they end (up) trading the pick, I’d imagine a raw, high-upside player like Wesley would have wide appeal. If the Sixers keep it, taking a swing could pay off since they don’t have a first again until 2024 after the Nets deferred this year’s pick to take Philly’s 2023 selection instead. That’s a bet that the Sixers will be worse.”
Blake Wesley, Notre Dame
Goodman: “The South Bend product exploded onto the scene out of nowhere this season. Wesley didn’t shoot it well from deep, but he did everything else. He’s a strong, athletic wing with good size who can put it on the floor, get to the basket and also pull up from mid-range.”
Wesley is like G League Ignite’s Jaden Hardy in that he’s a teenage guard with intriguing pace-shifting flashes and scoring talent who was inefficient in his only post-high school season. Wesley’s shot will require work; his jumper is a tad crooked and left-leaning, and his free throw percentage was a subpar 65.7. He’d be a developmental pick.
Kennedy Chandler, Tennessee
Irving: “The 76ers were severely lacking playmaking and scoring off the bench behind James Harden and Tyrese Maxey. Chandler could fill both of those holes as a lightning-quick guard who is aggressive as a scorer and decisive as a playmaker. As his freshman season went on, he also started to knock down 3-pointers with more consistency. Add to it that he's a pesky on-ball defender and Chandler has all the makings of a solid backup point guard behind Philadelphia's starting backcourt.”
When the Sixers had 6-foot-10 Ben Simmons, it was easier to envision the team working around the defensive challenges of playing a small guard prospect. Though Chandler appears to have potential as a disruptive, irritating defender, it’s tough to earn postseason minutes as a 6-foot, 172-pound player.
Most likely pick: Nikola Jovic, Mega Mozzart
Best pick: Ochai Agbaji
O’Donnell on why Jovic is the most likely pick on the board: “There have been rumors Philly could shop this pick as a sweetener in a deal for veteran help, which makes sense. If they do keep the selection, adding an offensive talent like Jovic would be a great addition for the front court long-term. Jovic is a 6’11 Serbian forward comfortable playing out on the perimeter with a deep bag of scoring tricks. His defense will be an eyesore for the early part of his career, but the shot-making and ball handling at that size should translate.”
O’Donnell on why Agbaji is the best pick on the board: “Agbaji will likely be long gone by this pick, but his 3-and-D skill set could be a nice replacement for Danny Green after he tore his ACL.”
NBC Sports Philadelphia’s Brian Brennan broke down Jovic’s game here. Perhaps the 22-year-old Agbaji will slip slightly, but No. 23 would be a surprising fall. Villanova fans will recall Agbaji drained 6 of 7 three-pointers against the Wildcats at the Final Four.
Jalen Williams, Santa Clara
Cobb: “Williams' statistical profile from his junior season at Santa Clara stands out, as he averaged 18 points on 39.6% 3-point shooting and 55.1% 2-point shooting while also dishing out 4.2 assists per game. How he'll translate to the NBA after playing in the WCC for a team not named Gonzaga is a fair question. But at this point in the draft, he's worth a shot.”
Williams was invited to the green room at the draft. While that doesn’t guarantee anything, it suggests that shining throughout the pre-draft process has given him a good chance of being taken in the teens.