With the NBA draft quickly approaching, many eyes in the Philadelphia are what the Sixers are going to do with their top pick? Andrew Wiggins? Jabari Parker? Julius Randle? Dante Exum? The options are endless.
While the Sixers pick is likely going to be an impact player, they are slated to receive the New Orleans Pelicans pick too, which is probably going to be the 10th overall pick. There is a good chance that pick could turn out to be an impact player as well. Now that raises another question, who will they take with that pick?
The Philadelphia Daily News' Bob Cooney writes the Sixers could be considering Creighton forward and consensus national player of the year Doug McDermott. The last time the Sixers selected a consensus national player of the year with their first round pick was in 2010 when they selected Evan Turner second overall out of Ohio State.
The Sixers need a pure shooter. They don't have a guy who they can feed the ball to on a consistent basis and knockdown shots. McDermott could be that guy for Brett Brown & Co.
McDermott, 22, had one of the most successful collegiate careers in history. He finished fifth all-time in career points with 3,150 just 517 behind Pete Maravich. He averaged 22.9 or more points per game in each of the last three seasons including 26.7 points per game in 2013-14 for the Creighton Blue Jays. His scoring ability makes it easy to see why he was an Associated Press First Team All-American for three consecutive seasons.
There are some questions about how the 6'8", 225 lbs. small forward transitions to the NBA. His defense is a point on discussion as some more athletic small forwards could get the best of him. Many argue that he is a coach's son and can find a place in the league based on his shooting and basketball IQ alone.
We will see if the Sixers feel the same way come June 26th... if he's still on the board.
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