Sixers mock draft: Alabama’s Herbert Jones can help bench right away

The Philadelphia 76ers have much more important matters to attend to at the moment: They have 18 games left before the NBA playoffs begin on May 22.

But it does not hurt to look to the offseason a bit.

The 2021 NBA draft is set for July 29, and the Sixers have a first-round pick. At the moment, it is No. 28, but that will change based on how the remainder of the season plays out.

Philadelphia needs some help off the bench, and it will need somebody to come in and help right away rather than a long-term prospect.

In a mock draft performed by Bryan Kalbrosky of For The Win, he has the Sixers selecting senior Herbert Jones out of Alabama:

It is hard not to root for players like Herbert Jones, who won SEC MVP and Defensive Player of the Year in 2020-21. He is a versatile, do-it-all type of player ready to step on the floor and make a difference in an NBA game.

While tripling his output, Jones also increased his 3-point percentage from 7.1 percent as a junior to 35.1 percent as a junior. Those kinds of strides will make teams believe that he can potentially be a strong pick even in the first round.

Jones averaged 11.2 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 3.3 assists and he shot 47% from the floor overall along with his 3-point percentage. The Sixers will need a guy like him who can play the wing positions right away in order to improve the inconsistent bench unit.

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