1. Markelle Fultz – PG – Washington. 6’4″, 195 lbs. (23.2 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 5.9 apg, .413 3pt).
25. Anzejs Pasecniks – C – Herbalife Gran Canaria (Spain). 7’2″, 229 lbs. (8 ppg, 3.2 rpg).
36. Jonah Bolden – PF – FMP Beograd (Serbia). 6’10”, 225 lbs. (12.9 ppg, 7.2 rpg).
50. Mathias Lessort – PF – Nanterre 92 (France). 6’9″, 250 lbs. (10.2 ppg, 7.4 rpg).
The Sixers organization decided to make a bold move by trading up from #3 to #1 in order to draft the player that was considered to be the consensus #1 pick: Markelle Fultz. Philadelphia desperately needed a point guard because their entire roster is filled with forwards. Fultz is ready to start at point guard for the 76ers from right now because he is able to get to the rim, create his own shot, hit shots from the perimeter, and the ability to manufacture easy shots for his teammates. He just needs to add a few pounds to his frame in order to become a potential All-Star.
Out of all of the organizations in the NBA, the Sixers have decided to take the longest path to success by stocking up on international players. The 76ers selected three players that competed in various leagues throughout Europe last season. Pasecniks and Lessort are about two years away. Both are intriguing prospects because Pasecniks has height and Lessort does damage in the paint.
The player that could surprise is Bolden. Instead of transferring from UCLA to another D1 college, he took a gamble on himself and went to one of the toughest leagues in Europe. That risk paid off because he showed that he can contribute right now. In Europe, the coaches limit the minutes of players to about 20-25 minutes per game, so the 12.9 ppg and the 7.2 rpg is rather impressive in a small sample size. He should become a part of the process by contributing off of the Sixers bench.
Overall: B-. Fultz could be the missing piece that can cause for Philadelphia to contend for a playoff spot this upcoming season.
All stats are from NBA.com.