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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Here are some players who could be around when the Sixers select 10th overall in Thursday’s NBA Draft.
15.6 ppg, 5.4 rpg
He’ll drop because it seems he’s been given a dubious tag after what was defined as a poor pro day. NBA teams are wondering about his maturity and toughness. His skill set dictates he would fit well with Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid. He’s been favorably compared to Jayson Tatum, since both can handle the ball and drive to the basket. He shot 44.5 percent overall from the field this past year, and 34.1 percent from beyond the arc. Will he be there at 10, maybe not?
Shooting Guard/ 6-7/Junior
17.7 ppg, 5.3 rpg
This would be great for the local guy, out of Great Valley High School and Villanova, to be there at 10. Chances are, he may not, being projected to go anywhere from six to 10. What NBA teams love about him is his length and defensive tenacity. He plays with great energy. Villanova coach Jay Wright had him at the top of the Wildcats’ trap and he always drew the opposing team’s top offensive threat. He needs to add some muscle.
He’s a risk, because he endured back surgery. But Porter is supposed to be so talented that some experts say he could have been the No. 1 pick in the draft—prior to the surgery. Still, he may not get past the fifth or sixth selection.
Miles Bridges-Michigan State
17.1 ppg, 7.0 rpg
The Sixers like Bridges. He was invited back for a second workout. Where does he play, though? Some list him as a power forward, others like him as a small forward. He proved to be effective shooting in transition (53 percent on twos, 39 percent on threes) than in half court sets (39 percent on twos, 36 percent on threes). He can pass well and guard multiple positions. He averaged 17.1 points and 7.0 rebounds in 31.3 minutes per game in the Spartans to the Big Ten title. He stands a good chance to be there at 10.