By LARRY VAUGHT
Philadelphia made major strides this year before being eliminated by Boston in the NBA playoffs. The Sixers will have the 10th pick in the draft and one 76ers beat writer, Christopher Kline of thesixersense.com, thinks Kentucky’s Shai Gilgeous-Alexander could be the best pick for a team that hopes to contend soon for a NBA title.
Here’s part of what he wrote:
“The four-star freshman was one of this season’s bigger surprises at Kentucky, quickly emerging as John Calipari’s most reliable playmaker. While not an elite athlete, his long frame and crafty style should allow him to find success on both ends in the NBA. He’s still relatively thin, but would give the Sixers a heady defender capable of spending time on either guard spot
“Offensively, Gilgeous-Alexander is another player capable of putting the ball on the floor and generating offense via dribble penetration. Shooting consistency might be an issue, but McConnell and Fultz both spent time next to Simmons as non-shooters. Gilgeous-Alexander isn’t a non-shooter.
“In a draft that lacks elite guard talent, Gilgeous-Alexander is probably the best passer in the lottery outside of Luka Doncic and Trae Young. He showed tons of growth as the season progressed, making smart reads in the pick-and-roll and dropping some impressive dimes in traffic.
“As a scorer, it’s easy to picture Gilgeous-Alexander giving the Sixers some much-needed support whenever Simmons takes a seat. He has a lot of tricks around the rim, displaying a wide array of floaters and finishing moves that allow him to offset his questionable explosiveness.”
Playing behind Ben Simmons would not be a bad learning curve for Gilgeous-Alexander, who has gone from a non-starter at UK to a likely lottery pick — or maybe a top 10 pick.
Read the rest of what Kline wrote here: https://thesixersense.com/2018/05/16/philadelphia-76ers-shai-gilgeous-alexander-2018-nba-draft-radar/.