Sixers 2021 NBA mock draft: Sharife Cooper adds needed bench scoring

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As the 2021 NBA draft approaches rather quickly, the Philadelphia 76ers are still figuring out what they want to do. They have two picks in the draft, 28 and 50, so they still have some decisions to make.

The Sixers found rotation players in the 20s two years in a row when they selected Matisse Thybulle at 20 in 2019 and Tyrese Maxey at 21 in 2020. They hope to find another rotation player in 2021 with a selection in the 20s.

In a recent mock draft performed by The Athletic, it has Philadelphia selecting Auburn guard Sharife Cooper, who would give the bench some needed scoring:

Still have the Philadelphia 76ers taking a backup guard here, but with Ayo Dosunmu off the board, Sharife Cooper sneaks in here. Cooper is an electric player with a great feel for the game. He’s just struggled to make shots consistently. He’s been working a lot on refining his jumper into something that works for him. His quickness and ball handling are tremendous. He’d be a nice piece off the bench next to Shake Milton.

Cooper averaged 20.2 points, 8.1 assists, and 4.3 rebounds as a freshman for the Tigers in 12 games, but he has NBA talent written all over him. He can be a very helpful player to Philadelphia off the bench and form a nice 3-guard trio with Milton and Maxey.

The question pops up of Philadelphia possibly trading this pick, but team president Daryl Morey is one of those guys who loves cost-effective assets, and the contract for the 28th pick in the draft is about as cost-effective as it gets. Considering the contracts they have to pay for stars Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons and Tobias Harris, this would probably be attractive to Morey in terms of the money.

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