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SIXERS ACQUIRE THADDEUS YOUNG, JASON SMITH, DERRICK BYARS AND HERBERT HILL IN 2007 NBA DRAFT

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Philadelphia 76ers President Billy King announced today that the Sixers acquired four players in the 2007 NBA Draft, making a total of three trades in the process. In the first round, the Sixers came away with Georgia Tech’s Thaddeus Young (12th overall pick) and Colorado State’s Jason Smith (20th overall pick). Philadelphia also acquired the draft rights to Vanderbilt’s Derrick Byars (42nd overall pick) and Providence’s Herbert Hill (55th overall pick) in the second round.

“We’re happy with the draft,” King said. “We were going to take the best player on the board and that was Thaddeus Young for his upside. We looked at some guys for the now but we felt that looking for the now and the future that Thaddeus was the right pick. The next big guy on the board was Jason Smith and that’s why we made the maneuver with Miami to get Jason Smith, giving them a future second-round pick and cash to get the big guy that we wanted.” Young (6-8/210) was one of the top freshmen in the country last season. He scored a team-high tying 14.4 points per game while adding averages of 4.9 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.29 steals. The 19-year-old also hit 39 three-pointers on 41.9% shooting in 31 games played.

Smith (7-0/233) was drafted by Miami but his rights were traded to Philadelphia in exchange for the rights to Daequan Cook (21st overall pick), the Sixers own second-round pick in 2009 and cash considerations. The 21-year-old Smith was named First Team All-Mountain West Conference in each of the past two years. As a junior last season, he led the MWC in rebounding (10.1 rpg) while ranking sixth in scoring (16.8 ppg), fourth in blocks (1.6 bpg), fourth in field goal percentage (.579) and fourth in free throw percentage (.770).

The Sixers selected Finland’s Petteri Koponen with the 30th overall pick but traded his rights to Portland for the rights to Byars and cash considerations. Byars (6-7/220) was named Honorable Mention All-America by The Associated Press as a senior last season. He averaged 17.0 points, 4.9 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.41 steals in 2006-07 and knocked down 142 three-pointers on 40.0% shooting over the past two seasons.

Finally, Philadelphia traded the rights to the Ukraine’s Kyrylo Fesenko (38th overall pick) to Utah for the rights to Hill and draft considerations. Hill (6-10/240) was the Big East Most Improved Player last season while also earning All-Big East First Team honors. After averaging 9.0 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.93 blocks as a junior, he averaged 18.1 points, 9.8 rebounds and 2.94 blocks his senior season. Hill shot 64.0% from the floor in 2006-07 and 61.4% for his career.

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