After posting the second-worst record in the NBA this season, the 76ers have a pretty good chance of landing one of the top 3 slots in this year’s draft. However, since it’s the Draft Lottery we’re talking about, it wouldn’t be extremely surprising to see Philly slide down the board a bit and miss out on their first two choices (Wiggins and Parker). Keith Pompey at the Philadelphia Inquirer considered this scenario today and thinks the Sixers could win a nice consolation prize in our man Julius Randle:
“Ending up with Julius Randle might not be bad for the 76ers if they drop below the top three spots in Tuesday’s NBA Draft Lottery. The former Kentucky power forward is one of the headliners of the June 26 draft. The 6-foot-9, 250-pounder is being compared to Memphis Grizzlies power forward Zach Randolph. Randle finishes well around the rim and has a solid face-up game. Randle is also effective in pick-and-rolls and on pick-and-pops.”
Personally, I love the match. One of the only knocks on Randle’s game is how his “short” arms (which ended up being closer to average in this week’s measurements) could make him a liability on defense. With Nerlens there to help protect the rim next season, this concern is mitigated. The 76ers have the reigning rookie-of-the-year Michael Carter-Williams and a buttload of picks in this year’s draft; they will be loaded with young talent if they do things correctly this June.
A Noel/Randle front-court would be totally awesome, so let’s make this happen.