What The Experts Are Saying: Mock Drafts (5/27)

by Max Rappaport
Sixers.com Writer
@MaxRappaport

Last week, the Sixers learned that they will pick third and 10th overall in next month’s NBA Draft. With the order of the draft now set, NBA analysts have begun to publish their annual prognostications.

We decided to take a look at who some of those experts are currently projecting the Sixers to take with #3 and #10. Here’s a breakdown of the players most commonly being mocked to Philadelphia:

#3 Pick

Jabari Parker, F, Duke (9x): ESPN.com | CBSSports.com (Parrish, Harper, and Moore) | SI.com | NBADraft.net | NetScouts.com | SportingNews.com | BleacherReport.com

“Parker is widely viewed as one of the draft's most NBA-ready players. It's still unclear what forward position Parker can defend, but he can score at either for a Sixers team that finished last in points per possession. This seems like a no-brainer.” –SI.com

Joel Embiid, C, Kansas (4x): DraftExpress.com | FoxSports.com | Yahoo.com | NBADraftInsider.com

“Raw offensively, but can change the course of a game with his defense. Imagine a frontline of Embiid and Nerlens Noel. Troublesome back is a bit of a concern.” –FoxSports.com

Andrew Wiggins, G, Kansas (2x): NBA.com | SheridanHoops.com

“The son of former Bulls, Rockets and 76ers guard Mitchell Wiggins improved in the second half before exiting the tournament with the much-publicized 1-for-6 shooting night against Stanford. Teams still see great upside, with the stunning athleticism as a starting point, while acknowledging Wiggins is partly a victim to massive preseason hype.” –NBA.com

#10 Pick

Gary Harris, G, Michigan St. (5x): CBSSports.com (Parrish and Moore) | FoxSports.com | NBADraft.net | NBADraftInsider.com

“Can hit shots from anywhere and plays 100 percent at all times. Lockdown defender in college. A little small for the two-guard spot.” –FoxSports.com

James Young, G, Kentucky (4x): CBSSports.com (Harper) | Yahoo.com | SportingNews.com | BleacherReport.com

“Did James Young do enough in the tournament to catapult his draft stock? Top 10 is a bit of a stretch for Young but his individual workouts will show a lot of skill and athleticism that will make executives drool.” –CBSSports.com (Harper)

Jusuf Nurkic, C, Bosnia (2x): NBA.com | SI.com

“Nurkic is young and raw, having started playing basketball in 2009, but his rapid development has impressed many NBA executives. He's drawn comparisons to the Timberwolves' Nikola Pekovic, who has emerged as a productive starting center (17.5 points, 8.7 rebounds this season.” SI.com

Dario Saric, F, Croatia (2x): SheridanHoops.com | NetScouts.com

“Saric is a skilled perimeter player with great length and enticing abilities to handle and facilitate an offense. Only 20 and with at least another year overseas, Saric is a draft-and-stash candidate and could be a great investment for a team missing out on one of the top eight players.” –SheridanHoops.com

Nik Stauskas, G, Michigan: ESPN.com

“Stauskas is not only, arguably, the best shooter in the draft, but he has the ability to play both the 1 and the 2, giving the Sixers a great 2-guard plus depth behind Carter-Williams.” –ESPN.com

Aaron Gordon, F, Arizona: DraftExpress.com

“Aaron Gordon played a key role [at] Arizona, showing tremendous versatility as a defender, passer, finisher and all-around glue guy.” –DraftExpress.com