Draft season is upon us Sixers fam! As we inch closer to draft day, the Sixers prepare to add youth and talent to a roster with several question marks. Point guard? Check. Stretch four? Double check. Backup center? Triple check. Versatile, defender on the wing? Well, you get the idea. That being said, here is how I would rank the top 5 first round prospects for the Philadelphia 76ers.
Top 5 on the bubble (not ranked): Cam Thomas, Jared Butler, Ayo Dosunmo, Josh Christopher, Quentin Grimes, Tre Mann
#5 Miles “Deuce” McBride
- Height: 6’2.5
- Weight: 195
- Wingspan: 6’8.75
- School: West Virginia
- Shot 41.4% from 3 point range on 3.8 attempts per game
- 3.1 steal percentage (4th best in the Big-12) and 28.5% assist percentage last year
- 3rd best in the conference in offensive rating (120.3) and offensive box plus/minus (6.5)
- 4th best in the conference in win shares (4.7) and points produced per game (16.3)
- A combined 2.2 steals plus blocks per game last season
What does Deuce bring to the Sixers?
Don’t let the 6’2 size and frame fool you. Miles McBride is a versatile guard who can shoot from deep and do damage offensively off the dribble. Not unlike Tyrese Maxey, McBride is a lightning rod offensively and can put up points in a hurry. He can create for others, run a pick and roll and hurt you without the ball in his hands. However, McBride’s impact goes well beyond his offensive arsenal. He is also one of the best on-ball defenders in the draft class. This is a prospect who thrives at anticipating passing lanes, fighting through screens, denying the ball and providing pressure at the point of attack. While consistency might be a concern, Miles McBride checks off a lot of the boxes that make him an elite fit with the Philadelphia 76ers.
#4 Josh Primo
- Height: 6’5
- Weight: 189
- Wingspan: 6’9.25
- School: Alabama
- Doesn’t turn 19 years old until December 2021
- Shot 38.1% from three point range on 3.8 attempts per game
- Thrives in the half court, shooting 44.3% in the catch and shoot
- 93rd percentile (per Synergy) in spot-up shooting at a 44.4% on 72 attempts
- Averaged 1.25 points per possession on his jumpers, per Synergy (96th percentile)
What does Primo bring to the Sixers?
Projection. Projection. Projection. Josh Primo has an immense amount of talent at an incredibly young age. While he wasn’t heavily involved in Alabama’s offense (only 10.6% FREQ in the PnR), Primo fits the bill for the modern NBA of pace and space basketball. This is a premiere off-ball, offensive weapon. He moves extremely well around the perimeter and thrives getting to the basket. As a freshman, he finished in the 98th percentile as a cutter. When you look deeper into his game, he showed a plethora of flashes as a shot creator, facilitating the pick and roll and beating defenses with the pass. Primo is one of the NBA Combine’s darlings and is currently climbing the draft boards in the first round. His skillset paired alongside Tyrese Maxey in the backcourt is a no brainer for the Philadelphia 76ers.
#3 Chris Duarte
- Height: 6’6
- Weight: 190
- Wingspan: 6’7
- School: Oregon
- 65% true shooting percentage (52% in 2019-20) – #1 in the Pac-12
- 1 of 12 players to shoot 42%+ on 140 or more three point attempts
- #2 in the nation in two-point field goal attempts (63%) in 150 or more 2PAs
- 3.4 steal percentage and led the Pac-12 in steals with 49
- 1 of just 5 players (since 2008) with a BPM of 10 or higher plus a STL and BLK rate of 3 or higher while shooting 40%+ from three point range (min. 25 attempts)
What does Duarte bring to the Sixers?
Chris Duarte is the oldest draft prospects on this list, as he just turned 24 years of age last June. However given the Sixers championship window, adding a plug and play piece to the puzzle clearly makes him an intriguing prospect in the eyes of Darryl Morey and Doc Rivers. He doesn’t get to the line enough nor create for others, but Duarte is one of the best defenders and three point shooters in this draft. Duarte averaged 3.5 stocks per game last season and his ability to make an impact off the ball makes him a dream fit alongside Joel Embiid.
#2 Nah’shon “Bones” Hyland
- Height: 6’3.5
- Weight: 169
- Wingspan: 6’9.25
- School: VCU
- Shot 37.1% from 3 on 7.8 attempts per game (3rd best in the A-10)
- Shot 86.2% from the free throw line on 4.5 attempts per game
- 91.2 defensive rating (4th best in the A-10)
- Had the highest usage rate in the A-10 (31.8 %) and total turnovers
- Double-figure scorer in 23 of 24 games, with three 30-plus point efforts.
What does Bones bring to the Sixers?
If you watched the Sixers in the playoffs, then you know they must add more offensive firepower to the roster. Bones Hyland’s potential in the pick and roll is outstanding. He’s a phenomenal floor spacer and one of the best shot creators in the entire draft class. Bones has steadily climbed the big boards throughout the draft process these last couple of months. Bones thrives shooting off the dribble and off the catch. He can create separation with his plus handle and change speeds on a dime. Having two guards in Tyrese Maxey and Bones Hyland who can be high efficiency players in the pick and roll as ball handlers alongside Joel Embiid makes this selection a no brainer.
#1 Trey Murphy
- Height: 6’9
- Weight: 206
- Wingspan: 7′
- School: Virginia
- 92% free throw shooter (career 81%)
- 43% three point shooter on 120 attempts
- Per Synergy, ranked in the 99th percentile in half court offense
- 1 of 3 players with 40 made three pointers and 20 dunks
- Only collegiate player who declared for the NBA draft to shoot at least 50% from the field, 40% from 3 and 90% from the free throw line
What does Murphy bring to the Sixers?
Trey Murphy might not provide the biggest need for the Sixers at the current time. However, when you get a chance to add such a talented 3&D prospect to your roster you do it every time. The fact that Mike Scott averaged nearly 17 minutes per game with 12 starts is unbelievable considering the Sixers championship aspirations. Murphy would instantly slide into that role of stretch four off the bench and provide an immediate improvement providing plus shooting and defense. He’s one of, if not the best, defenders in the class with the ability to switch on the perimeter with ease. Murphy is also an elite finisher around the rim. I’ve been on the Trey Murphy bandwagon since February and he’s been my #1 guy for the Sixers since the draft process started.