The Philadelphia 76ers put together a great 2018-19 NBA season, finishing third in the Eastern Conference before being eliminated by the Toronto Raptors in the second round of the playoffs. Now, they are focused on adding talent to their roster to make another run next season. Unfortunately, re-signing Jimmy Butler and Tobias Harris might not be easy.
With the 2019 NBA Draft starting tonight, the 76ers have a chance to add some cheap talent. They have a plethora of picks, including the No. 33, No. 34, No. 42, and No. 54 picks in the second round. Even though the second round doesn’t receive a lot of hype, they can target quite a few players that could earn a role off the bench.
At the top of the second round, there are quite a few options for the 76ers. They could go with shooting, a point guard, a big man, or a work-in-progress.
Philadelphia will have quite a few players to choose from. They could also try to package a couple of second-round picks to move up late into the first round. Whatever route they choose, this is a chance for them to add players on a small contracts to surround Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons.
All of that being said, let’s take a look at three ideal options for the 76ers with the No. 34 overall pick.
3. Take an Electric Scoring Point Guard
The 76ers might need more scoring off the bench and there is an incredibly intriguing prospect that should be available around this area in the draft. Carsen Edwards was a star for the Purdue Boilermakers and put on an impressive show in the NCAA tournament. Philadelphia should consider taking him.
Edwards averaged 24.3 points per game to go along with 3.6 rebounds and 2.9 assists. He shot 35.5 percent from beyond the three-point arc. There is some consistency concern surrounding him, but Edwards has the work ethic and could be a great fit.
2. Trade Up with No. 33 and No. 34
Next up, the 76ers could easily try to package their back-to-back early second-round picks to move up into the latter stages of the first round. Targeting a guy like Belmont’s Dylan Windler would make a lot of sense. Windler is a deadly three-point shooter and could help ease the loss of Landry Shamet, who was traded in the Tobias Harris deal.
If JJ Redick leaves town in free agency, Windler could find himself taking on a large role immediately. He hasn’t received a lot of hype thus far, but there would be a good role for him in Philadelphia.
1. Take a Highly Talented Power Forward
Finally, the 76ers could look to add depth to their front-court. Grant Williams was a stud at Tennessee this past season and is currently expected to go early in the second round. Philadelphia should take a long look at him with this pick.
Williams ended up averaging 18.8 points per game last season to go along with 7.5 rebounds and 3.2 assists. He shot 56.5 percent from the field overall and has the potential to develop his shooting as well. The 76ers could do a lot worse with this pick than a player with the potential that Williams possesses.