ESPN's NBA Draft insider Chad Ford reported this morning Australian point guard Dante Exum had a strong workout for the Sixers on Sunday and he does not believe Exum will make it past the Sixers at No. 3 overall. Ford added that Exum tested off the charts with the psych test as well and it is believed he is also the smartest player in the draft.
There are a number of things going on here and the most important thing to remember is the draft is on Thursday so a lot of reports surfacing now could be posturing for a trade. Hinkie's man Andrew Wiggins is not expected to be a top-two pick instead of falling to the Sixers at No. 3 thanks to Joel Embiid's foot. That means the Sixers could be looking to tout they are taking Exum so a team (Orlando at No. 4, perhaps?) that is in love with Exum will overpay the Sixers to move up and take him. Remember, the team worked out and is reportedly high on Indiana forward Noah Vonleh.
And there's the other side to this story that Exum has in fact impressed the Sixers brass. If that turns out to be the case, it would not be a total surprise. Exum rates out high in the analytic circles and that is the route the Sixers are taking to rebuild their team. The "best player available" approach might not be a bad idea for a team that needs numerous pieces.
Exum is an 18-year-old point guard from Australia that stands 6'6", 196 lbs. and bears a striking resemblence on the court to current Sixers point guard and NBA Rookie of the Year Michael Carter-Williams. Both players, tall for their position, get to the rim very well, they finish well at the rim, they see the court exceptionally well but struggle shooting for outside.
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