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The Philadelphia 76ers now have to turn their attention to the offseason as they look to figure out the next steps following another disappointing playoff finish. They were the No. 1 seed in the East for the first time in 20 years and they were not able to take advantage.
They do have some issues they need to address heading into the summer such as what to do with Ben Simmons following another tough playoff performance as well as trying to add to the bench. The Sixers have a solid group of players, but they were up and down all season and into the playoffs.
The Sixers could use an upgrade to the bench unit and find a few players who can help right now. With the 28th pick in the 2021 NBA draft, that will be a tough task, but not impossible.
Here are three options the Sixers should take a look at in the draft:
Trey Murphy III - Virginia
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Murphy III is a 3-year college player who had an impressive season for the Cavaliers in the ACC. He averaged 11.3 points and 3.4 rebounds while shooting 43.3% from deep. Standing at 6-foot-9, Murphy III can play both forward positions and his 3-point shooting will suit him well for the next level. The Sixers can always use another shooter on the roster. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7Av8UNrz0k
Max Abmas - Oral Roberts
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Abmas is a guy who could add instant scoring to the second unit. It would be tough to have him play next to Tyrese Maxey due to their lack of size, but an Abmas-Maxey duo off the bench would be fun to visualize. Abmas is quick to the basket, he shot 43.3% from deep on 8.3 attempts per game, and he shows up in big games. He averaged 26.7 points while shooting 40% from deep in three games of the NCAA Tournament. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GkQBsK-mpiM
Jeremiah Robinson-Earl - Villnanova
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Robinson-Earl does not scream All-Star or anything like that, but what he does bring is smarts at an NBA level. He has all of the qualities teams look for in a big role player as he's a versatile defender with the size and strength to handle bigger players. He averaged 15.7 points and 8.5 rebounds while shooting 49.7% from the floor. He shot 39.1% from deep across two seasons for the Wildcats on 2.6 attempts so he has 3-point potential. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vexMt0CD164