The 76ers finally had the Los Angeles Lakers’ pick that they obtained in a trade a few years ago to convey in the 2018 NBA Draft. Along with the 76ers’ own #26 pick, they have the #10 pick thanks to the team that wears purple and gold. This upcoming draft seems to be one of the biggest boom-or-bust drafts with a lot of potential, but fewer “sure thing” prospects. Here are a few options that they have with the #10 selection.
Miles Bridges (SF, Michigan State, Sophomore): It was a little surprising to see Miles go back for his Sophomore year at Michigan State, but it didn’t really seem to affect his draft stock. Despite a slight dip in three point percentage (from 39 to 36), his free throw percentage increase of 17% (from 67 to 85) made up for it. The 76ers hosted him for a workout last week, and many mocks seem to have him fitting right into this spot. He isn’t fantastic in one area, but he’s an extremely complete player.
Mikal Bridges (SG, Villanova, Junior): The Malvern High School product was extremely effective on a team that steamrolled their way to a national championship. Mikal averaged 17 points this year as a junior which included 42% from three and 85% from the foul line. He is a true shooting guard, and would rarely play the point at ‘Nova averaging under 2 assists per game. However, being able to grab 5+ rebounds and score 17 points while keeping those percentages shows that this guy is for real. Another really good fit who is an NBA ready player.
Trae Young (PG, Oklahoma, Freshman): Coming out of nowhere, Trae Young was labeled as the next Steph Curry for about a month and a half of the season. Then, as Oklahoma faltered, as did Young. Still though, Young put up just under 28 points per game on a big 12 team that made the tournament, that has to count for something. He also averaged 9 assists, but also 5 turnovers in his lone season. It was recently reported that Young cancelled his workout with the 76ers, which makes many think that he will be off the board before #10. If he falls to them though, the 76ers will have to take a hard look.
Kevin Knox (SF, Kentucky, Freshman): There is no way that this kid is 18 years old. Knox was the steadiest guy on a Kentucky team that was up and down this season. Despite a slow start, Knox turned it up when it counted most, including a 34 point performance on the road at West Virginia. The jumper isn’t there yet, but it’s clear that this kid is an athlete, and has a ton of room to grow and will do just that. It might be a little bit of a stretch at 10, but definitely a thought.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (G, Kentucky, Freshman): Shai is arguably one of the most mysterious prospects in this draft. He truly is a tweener guard, not fitting perfectly into the point or shooting type. However, like Knox, he played extremely well down the stretch, with 19/29/19/27/15 points in his last 5 games. He shot a very solid percentage as a guard, and got to the line a lot in the second half of the season. Going back to the mysterious part, he has yet to have a public workout with a team as of now. He seems like a total hit or miss guy right now.
Lonnie Walker (SG, Miami, Freshman): Walker fits as the ultimate “beyond the box score” type of guy, because his numbers really don’t stand out. 12 points on a relatively mediocre Miami team doesn’t pop. However, he’s athletic, plays fantastic defense, and plays smart rarely turning the ball over. He supposedly has been doing extremely well in workouts with the Knicks and Sixers so far, so he could be a legitimate option at #10.