The Sixers were set to make a selection with their 23rd overall pick in tonight’s Draft. But, that pick along with Danny Green was dealt to Memphis for De’Anthony Melton with seconds to spare. That trade left Philadelphia with no remaining draft picks. However, the Sixers still managed to get their hands on some of the many undrafted players in the 2022 Draft pool.
Shortly after the Draft, Julian Champagnie inked a two-way contract with Philadelphia. Champagnie is a small forward listed at 6’7 foot and 215 pounds. He played three years of Division One basketball at Saint John’s University. This past season, Champagnie started and played 31 games at an average of 34.2 minutes per contest. Julian led the team in scoring as he averaged 19.2 points per game (on 41.4 field goal percentage), 6.6 rebounds per game, 1.1 blocks per game, and 2.0 steals per game.
Julian Champagnie will join Sixers on 2 way deal, per source— Kyle Neubeck (@KyleNeubeck) June 24, 2022
Champagnie is a natural scorer with the ability to shoot from the perimeter and finish at the rim. His bread and butter is moving off the ball and sinking catch-and-shoot jumpers. However, his three-point percentage took a noticeable dip this past season. The Saint John’s alum shot 33.7% from beyond the arc, while he shot 38.0% the year prior. Despite his abilities as a catch-and-shoot player, he could be described as streaky. He tends to struggle in isolation and settle for perimeter shots as well. Besides that, he’s a sound rebounder who uses his strength and size to clean up the glass. (all information received from NBADraft.Net)
Inevitably, the Sixers have some choices to make regarding their two-way slots. Currently, guards Myles Powell and Charlie Brown Jr. occupy Philly’s two-way contracts. So, the front office needs to cut one of them to make room for Champagnie. The young forward will certainly make an impact on the Delaware Blue Coats next season and aid their hopes for a title.
Following the Champagnie acquistion, the Sixers signed Aminu Mohammed to an exhibit-10 contract. An exhibit-10 deal is basically an invite to the team’s training camp and that club has the option to cut the player or sign him to a two-way deal. With Champagnie already on the mound for a two-way contract, it’s unlikely Mohammed would receive one as well.
Undrafted free agent guard Aminu Mohammed out of Georgetown has reached an agreement on an exhibit 10 contract with the Philadelphia 76ers, league sources tell @YahooSports.— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) June 24, 2022
Anyways, Mohammed is heading into the NBA as a 6’5 foot 215 pound swingman from Georgetown. Aminu was a one-and-done prospect who averaged 13.7 points per game (on 37.9 field goal percentage), 8.2 rebounds per game, and 1.6 steals per game. Mohammed is a versatile player who played both as a ball-handler and small-ball power forward in Georgetown. Aminu plays big for his size, he’s an aggressive finisher, and an excellent cutter who slices through defenses. He can defend 1-4 positions due to his athletic ability and length. But, he tends to gamble at times and struggles to recover after getting beat off the dribble. The young forward’s game isn’t polished as he is often out of control attacking the rim. Also, Mohammed shot 31.0% from three this past season leaving much to be desired there. (all information received from NBADraft.Net)
Michael Foster Jr.
To call it a night, the Sixers added Michael Foster Jr. through an undisclosed free agency deal. It remains to be seen if this deal is an exhibit-10, a two-way, or an actual NBA contract. Regardless, Foster Jr. is a G-League Ignite product who averaged 14.8 points per game (on 48.7 field goal percentage), 8.8 rebounds per game, and 1.9 blocks per game. He’s a power forward listed at 6’9 foot and 235 pounds.
Foster Jr. is a force in the restricted area who uses his size and strength to overwhelm defenders. He can score on both sides of the block and create space off of post moves. The young big man even showed flashes of playmaking when faced with double teams in the post. He’s also a lob threat and a rim runner in transition. However, if Foster is to have any success with the Sixers, he must develop a three-point shot. He attempted only 1.2 threes per game and shot 31.3% from deep. Down low, Foster Jr. needs to be more aggressive and attempt to draw contact. He only averaged 2.2 free throw attempts per game, which is underwhelming considering his build. (all information received from NBADraft.Net)