It was unclear if the Sixers would have a draft pick at all until the June 1st deadline. The Sixers agreed to trade the first-rounder in the James Harden deal just prior to the deadline. In the trade, the Nets held the option to defer the pick to 2023 if they desired. With a stronger expected draft class and the hope of a better pick on the table, the Nets elected to do just this.

The Sixers have no time to waste after their failure to get past the Conference Finals once again. Philly has multiple holes in their current roster and few assets to attain them. There is a sigh of relief from Philadelphia at the ability to make a selection in this draft. While traditionally the board is fairly picked over by the 23rd selection, there are multiple players in this range who fit the Sixers’ needs. With the pick officially in hand, let’s look at the top three targets for the Sixers.

3 best options for Sixers with No. 23 pick in 2022 NBA Draft

EJ Liddell- Forward Ohio State

The Ohio State product has become a favorite on Sixers Twitter and for good reason. EJ Liddell is projected to be a perfect role player in the modern NBA with a play style showing the influence of Grant Williams and PJ Tucker. Liddell averaged 19.4 points, 9.9 rebounds, and 2.5 assists this past season. He was a three-year player at Ohio State and showed notable improvement each year. The 21-year-old also excelled as a shot-blocker and sent back 2.6 blocks per game despite his 6’7″ frame. He also increased his three-point percentage throughout college and knocked down 37.4% of his long range attempts this past season.

There will need to be some adjustments to his style of play but EJ Liddell is one of the more NBA-ready prospects. He will not be able to spend as much time in the post and must cut out the willingness to settle for contested two-pointers but there is plenty to like in his game. His ability to guard multiple positions will be especially attractive to the Sixers and the team is missing the level of effort he brings to the table. Liddell is going to be a very good role player in the NBA and the Sixers would benefit greatly by snatching him up at 23.

MarJon Beauchamp- Wing G-League Ignite

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An explosive 6’6″ wing with an over 7-foot wingspan, MarJon Beauchamp possesses one of the most unique stories in the draft. The 21-year-old was formerly a JUCO standout before eventually getting a chance with the G-League Ignite. He has an NBA frame and an active motor. Beauchamp excels in transition, is a solid rebounder, and can make the right passes with the ball in his hands. He also confirmed he met with the Sixers in an interview at the NBA combine.

The red flags with Beauchamp fall on the offensive side of the ball. He shot just 24.2% on three-pointers in the G-League showcase. There aren’t any massive mechanical flaws with his shot and optomism for improvement is there, but he likley will never be a lights out shooter. Despite this, the G-League product averaged 15.1 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists, and 1.6 steals. He asserts himself in transition and is an effective cutter. While Sixers fans may be scared off at the signs of another Matisse Thybulle, MarJon Beauchamp is likley already more polished offensively. He still does a decent job creating his own shot and is a better team-oriented defender.

Jalen Williams- Guard/Wing Santa Clara

Another high-level athlete with an enticing wingspan, Jalen Williams has improved greatly during his three seasons at Santa Clara. There is concern about the level of competition in college, but the playstyle of Jalen Williams holds great appeal. Standing 6’6″ with a 7’2″ wingspan, Williams averaged 18 points, 4.4 rebounds, 4.2 assists, and 1.2 steals last season. Jalen Williams has been regarded highly in NBA circles but appears more of an unknown to the public.

The greatest reason for the increase in NBA attention has been his improved three-point shooting. After only connecting on 27.4% of long-range shots as a sophomore, Williams increased his percentage to 39.6% this season. He is agile and skilled with the ball in his hands and can score in a variety of ways. The Santa Clara product will need to adjust to a less ball-dominant role, but there is plenty to like in his game.

Possession of this first-round pick is a pleasant surprise for the 76ers. This range of draft picks holds plenty of players that fit their area of needs. While the likelihood Doc Rivers would be willing to give a rookie much time is unlikely, each of these guys have three years of experience prior to the NBA may help. The franchise will walk away satisfied if they are able to add any of these three potential impact pieces.