We’re only a few days away from the NBA Draft! (Tom McGinnis voice) GET EXCITED!!!
Over the last several months, I’ve been creating highlight reels of Sixers draft targets in the first and second round of the 2019 NBA Draft. As part of Blue Route, we’ve been pairing these videos with our player profiles. As we make our final preparations for Thursday’s draft, I’ve created a single post that has all of my highlight reels in one spot! Enjoy!
PJ Washington Highlight Reel
PJ Washington is a 20 year old sophomore from Kentucky that can shoot from three (42%) and impact the game in multiple ways. PJ Washington is unlikely to fall to #24. However, if PJ Washington slips to the mid-to-late teens, the Sixers have the ammo to trade up and get him.
Brandon Clarke Highlight Reel
Other than his shooting, Brandon Clarke‘s defensive versatility and transition game appear to be a great fit for the Sixers. Similar to PJ Washington, Brandon Clark will unlikely be available at #24, and the Sixers will have to trade up to grab him.
Nickeil Alexander-Walker Highlight Reel
Nickeil Alexander-Walker is an interesting prospect. He’s a swiss army knife on offense that can shoot (37.4% from three). Standing at 6’5″, Alexander-Walker can defend multiple positions and is an underrated playmaker/ball handler that could provide backup/secondary ball-handler minutes to Ben Simmons off the bench. He’s been projected in the late lottery to mid first round area, and the Sixers would have to trade up.
Tyler Herro Highlight Reel
Tyler Herro is one of the best shooters in this draft and would be an excellent prospect to groom as the “next JJ Redick.” He’s got great size at 6’6″ but struggles with staying out of foul trouble. In years past, this was the type of prospect that I think the Sixers would fall in love with. However, I’m not sure the Sixers are willing to roll the dice on a 19 year old rookie at this point.
Cam Johnson Highlight Reel
One of the best offensive weapons and shooters in the draft (45% from three). It’s no surprise that Cam Johnson is the sexiest pick for the Sixers at #24. He’s an older prospect that should be able to make an impact for the Sixers off the bench on day one. Cam’s draft stock has been slipping lately and should be available at #24.
Matisse Thybulle Highlight Reel
If you’re looking for one of the best 3&D prospects in the draft, then I present to you Matisse Thybulle. He’s also a senior, so he’s clearly ready to have a huge defensive impact as a rookie. Thybulle is a clear fit on a Sixers squad desperate for guards/wings with defensive versatility and in an NBA where positionless basketball is the wave of the future.
Carsen Edwards Highlight Reel
Here we’ve got a 6 foot guard who is built like a Mack truck. Carsen Edwards is one of the unanimous players many Sixers fans want with the #33 or #34 picks. Carsen Edwards is a legit scorer and shooter that can play on and off the ball. He can score in iso, shoot from the corner, and even punish defenders for going under screens in the pick-and-roll. Edwards’ offensive versatility is clearly a great fit for the Sixers who are desperate for scoring in the backcourt.
Chuma Okeke Highlight Reel
Chuma Okeke, like Matisse Thybulle, is another 3&D prospect in this year’s draft. He’s got great size for a wing/guard at 6’8″ and can shoot from three (38.7% from deep). However, a torn ACL will likely keep Chuma Okeke off the basketball court until January 2019. Will the Sixers be willing to wait for a prospect rehabbing from injury?
Ty Jerome Highlight Reel
TJ McConnell’s days with the team are coming to an end (sad face), and the Sixers are clearly looking for scoring and floor spacing in the backcourt. Ty Jerome‘s got great size at 6’5″, can shoot from three (40%), and is a pesky defender.
Lu Dort Highlight Reel
Lu Dort is one of the premiere defensive backcourt players in this year’s draft. The Sixers got killed all last season by offensive point guards and must address their (lack of) defense in the backcourt. Lu Dort is a freshman and a project, but he would be a solid pick in the second round to groom in Delaware with the Blue Coats.
Zach Norvell Jr. Highlight Reel
Similar to Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Zach Norvell Jr. is a swiss army knife that impacts the game in many different ways but doesn’t have a single outstanding skillset. Norvell Jr. should be available in the second round if the Sixers are looking for help in the backcourt.
Louis King Highlight Reel
A bonafide wing with size and athleticism. He’s a bit of a project that needs a year or two of developing his basketball IQ, strength, and shooting. However, Louis King has one of the highest ceilings you will find in the second round.