The Philadelphia 76ers needs all kinds of help. There were 26 different players that suited up for them last season. They need guard help and they need to score the basketball.
3. Philadelphia 76ers – D’Angelo Russell (PG – Ohio State)
D’Angelo Russell might be the most talented player in this draft. As a freshman he averaged 19 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 5 apg and shot 41% from beyond the arc. He is a playmaker who can really shoot the ball. He would give the Sixers a consistent point guard. They started four different players at the position last season.
The Sixers traded away former rookie of the year winner Michael Carter-Williams because he didn’t fit their system. The Sixers were supposed to have two big men in Nerlens Noel and Joel Embiid. After missing his rookie year with an ACL injury Noel played in 75 games averaging 9 ppg, 8 rpg 1 spg and 1.8 blkpg. He is very raw offensively and needs someone to get him the ball. Embiid has had a setback and might miss the entire 2015-2016 season.
Don’t forget Philly did draft Dario Saric last year. The Sixers are trying to bring him over from Turkey for the next season but he is currently signed with Anadolu Efes through the 2016-17 season. Saric is a 6’10 small forward who gives the Sixers some versatility.
Russell is 6’5 with a 6’9 wingspan. He can play both guard positions. He was required to do a lot for Ohio State and had some games where he struggled with his shot. However Russell will put points on the board and the Sixers need it. They were 29th in scoring at only 92 ppg.
He will have plenty of opportunities to score the ball. He might have a green light like Damian Lillard had in his first season where he took over 500 three pointers and led the league in minutes played. He is very good off the pick-and-roll and should develop chemistry with Noel.
He will have a chance to average the most points among rookies. He needs to hit the weight room because he will be making the majority of plays for the Sixers.