NBA Draft 2017: 6 prospects who make sense for the Sixers at No. 3
Boston Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck, left, and Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid, right, watch as Magic Johnson, president of basketball operations for the Los Angeles Lakers, reacts after the Lakers won the No. 2 pick in the NBA basketball draft, during the draft lottery Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
After much intrigue thanks to trade, protected picks and pick swaps, the Philadelphia 76ers will hold the No. 3 overall pick in next month’s NBA draft after Tuesday night’s draft lottery. The Sixers have a young, talented core with Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons, and the team has another chance to add another top tier talent to its roster on draft night.
Here are six players who make sense for the Sixers with the third overall pick.
All information from DraftExpress.
Kansas guard Josh Jackson (11) celebrates a basket in the second half of a second-round game against Michigan State in the NCAA college basketball tournament in Tulsa, Okla. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)
Duke’s Jayson Tatum (0) reacts to making a three-point basket against South Carolina during the first half in a second-round game of the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament in Greenville, S.C., Sunday, March 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
Tatum is another lithe, 6-foot-8 small forward like Jackson. He averaged 16.8 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game for the Blue Devils last season, and he made more than half of his 2-point attempts from the field. He’s a former top-five recruit who lived up to his expectations in college, and DraftExpress ranks him as the top prospect out of the ACC.