Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
U.S. | By Eddie Scott

Philadelphia 76ers should trade third overall pick in 2017 NBA Draft

Philadelphia 76ers should trade third overall pick in 2017 NBA Draft

However, a team that snuck into the top three thanks to the luck of the draw was the Philadelphia 76ers.

While most post-lottery mock drafts have Ball off the board at the No. 2 pick to his hometown Los Angeles Lakers, there's no guarantee in that happening-yet. The team already has a young talented core which could give them a lineup of last year's No. 1 pick Ben Simmons, big man Joel Embiid, former top pick Jahlil Okafor, Dario Saric, and then whoever is drafted this year. The Sixers had a shot at getting two top 10 draft picks but wound up with just the No. 3 this year.

The Celtics had aged and taken on injuries, with Garnett and Pierce both dealing with a rough 2013-2014 season. According to a source, North Carolina center Tony Bradley will be among the players working out, the first of dozens of players who will work out at the team facility in Westchester.

I forget who made this concept up (so credit to them!), but my guess is the 26-year-old Covington would pass the Nene Test: Basically, would you be able to reasonably trade his contract a year after the extension kicks in like the Denver Nuggets did with Nene after signing a five-year, $67 million contract extension in 2011?

Still, Philadelphia may opt for a bigger wing player to add to the mix and find a point guard elsewhere. But would the Philadelphia 76ers, at No. 2, be any further along in their Process with Parker than Embiid, given their struggles to stay on the court? The lanky shooting guard split last season between Anadolu Efes and Banvit BK, two affiliates in the Turkish Basketball Super League. If there is a run on guards the Knicks could find themselves faced with a odd choice - whether to take the player tabbed, "The next Porzingis", Lauri Markkanen.

Kansas guard Josh Jackson (11) elevates for a dunk against West Virginia during the second half, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017 at WVU Coliseum. "I really am not offended with him coming at me like that, because he was out of line not me". LA needs a player with great defense because defense wins championships. The website,, said that Jackson is an "extremely disruptive defender ..." From isolation moves to post work to shot-creating, there isn't much Tatum can't do with the ball in his hands.

The victor will play either the Golden State Warriors or San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Finals starting June 1.

CAMDEN, N.J. Having woken Wednesday morning with something he really didn't need, Bryan Colangelo knew he'd have to get it out of there.

But if Jackson does have a weakness, it's at the charity stripe. Putting pressure on his defender in college worked in Tatum's favor as well - he shot 84.9 percent from the free-throw line on almost five attempts per game. That's something he can work on with time. While some say Ntilikina might be the best fit for the system, a player like Monk - while not a true point guard - could fit in system. During the NCAA Tournament, it was Monk's performance that upstaged UCLA's highly-touted guard Lonzo Ball in the South Regional Semifinal. Fox outshined Ball, with a 39-point scoring performance while holding Ball to just 10 points. Unfortunately, the Tar Heel won the game with a clutch jumper of their own. On a Duke team that featured established players and scorers like Grayson Allen and Luke Kennard, Tatum still managed to average 20.2 points per-40 minutes. "Those are the types of guys that Magic and I want to build the team around and that's who we'll search for in the draft".

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