There are a lot of names in play for the 76ers at 11th overall and one of the most intriguing names is Russian guard Sergey Karasev. Karasev is only 19 years old and stands at 6'7". He is a versatile forward who can play multiple positions but is primarily a two-guard. He gets most of his points taking the ball to the hoop as one of his strengths is his driving ability.
His shooting ability will likely keep him in the league even if he doesn't improve in any other area of his game. Karasev played in Russia's top league so he has performed against good talent which explains why he has such an advanced basketball IQ for a 19 year old.
I originally thought that this pick would be Indiana forward Cody Zeller but there is a very real possibility that Zeller is not available as his stock has risen in the days leading up to the draft. If Zeller is off the board (and he could be off as high as 4th overall to Charlotte), Lehigh guard C.J. McCollum would be a great fit if he is still available, which is also unlikely. Other names to keep an eye on are Pitt center Steven Adams and Brazilian forward Lucas Nogueira.
Goodwin is a pick on upside here. The 76ers said that they were looking to get value in the second round with their two selections and Goodwin is a great value. He has high first round potential but is a bit of a project. He is long (6'5" with a 6'10" wingspan) but also a great athlete. The 18 year old can handle the point while also getting to the basket. His ball-handling is his strong point but can play out of control at times. If he can find a more consistent jump-shot, Goodwin could be the steal of the draft. The Sixers worked out Goodwin already at the beginning of the month so they have a feel for Goodwin and his style of play. The one-and-done Kentucky product has been compared to Russell Westbrook and, if a team is patient enough with his development, could have a stud on their hands.
Thomas is a scorer, plain and simple. The 6'7" small forward averaged 19.8 points per game last year in his junior season with the Buckeyes. He has deep range but is, perhaps, most dangerous when he puts the ball on the floor and drives to the hoop. Thomas is strong on the ball and at 220 lbs. he has the strength to stick at the small forward position. The 22 year old is an excellent rebounder (averaged 5.8 boards per game last year) but some question his motor at at times. For someone with his size and strength, he is not the toughest defender which is why he is still on the board at this point in the second round.
Other possibilities in the second round are NC State PG Lorenzo Brown (6'5", 189 lbs.), North Texas PF Tony Mitchell (6'9", 236 lbs.), Brazilian SF Alexandre Paranhos (6'8", 241 lbs.), and Bucknell C Mike Muscala (6'11", 230 lbs.).
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I think it is more-than-possible that the Sixers could package one of their second round picks with the 11th overall pick in order to move up in the first round. Also on the table is the possibility of the 76ers trading both of their second round picks to get into the back end of the first round. Option 2 is my vote because I love the potential of French big man Rudy Gobert (7'2" with a standing reach of 9'7").
One player I love in the second round is Alexandre Paranhos, who was found by Wizards guard Leandro Barbosa down in Brazil. He is raw but has been described as the poor-man's LeBron James. His upside is there and, if there is one thing he can do, it is score. The Sixers are desperate for another scoring threat behind Jrue Holiday and this guy could be the answer down the road.
It is impossible to tell what Hinkie and his analytics crew are thinking of these prospect but, one thing is for certain, the silence ends tonight in Brooklyn. The draft is slated to begin at 7:00 pm at the Barclay's Center in Brooklyn, NY. It can be seen on ESPN.
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