New Sixer Nikola Vucevic
The Philadelphia 76ers entered tonight’s NBA Draft with two picks: the 16th and the 50th. With the 16th overall pick in the 2011 Draft the 76ers chose USC’s Nikola Vucevic. And there are several reasons to be happy with their choice. First, there was little chance the Sixers would find a franchise-changer in this draft. The depth of highly talented NBA prospects was not there and after Jimmer Fredette went at number 10 there was not a pick left on the board that would immediately add fan interest to the team (something the 76ers clearly lack—despite making the playoffs the team was in the bottom third of the league in attendance). Second, the Sixers needed to add depth (and talent) at the center position. Vucevic brings both of those to the team with his 7’0” frame and 7’5” wingspan. He excelled in college at rebounding and can score from both inside and out. His jumper has range to the college 3-point line.