5 potential second round draft choices

In the upcoming draft on July 29, the 76ers hold the 28th overall pick in the first round as well as the 50th overall pick in the second round. This will be an important offseason with a lot of important decisions that will more than likely shake up the foundation of the team. It is no promise they keep their first round selection on draft night, but I think it's a pretty safe bet that they will hold on to pick #50.


Aaron Henry - Wing - Michigan State

15.4 PTS/G

5.6 REBS/G

3.6 ASTS/G 1.3 STLS/G

1.3 BLKS/G

44.9% FG

29.6% 3PT

76.2% FT


At 6'6" with a 6'11" wingspan, Aaron Henry is a staunch on-ball defender against pretty much all players 2-3, as well as a good amount of 1's and some small-ball 4's. That alone, in an era with defensive gameplans prioritizing switchability and versatility should make him at least a specialist from day one in the NBA. He makes a handful of highlight worthy plays a game, and is a menace off-ball as well.


Henry has shown some early stages of a shot creation repertoire, looking more comfortable from the mid-range. With his athleticism, he is a dynamic slasher and cutter. And for a number of reasons, I think he is a better three point shooter than that percentage would indicate.


In the instance in which we trade both Simmons and Thybulle, the team would be losing a lot of perimeter defense. If Daryl Morey values that skillset a lot, I think it's possible he scoops him up at 28. Chances are relatively slim that he is still floating around at 50, but the draft is unpredictable like that. I think he has serious diamond in the rough potential if he can become an even semi-reliable offensive player.


Isaiah Livers - Forward - Michigan

13.1 PTS/G

6.0 REBS/G

2.0 ASTS/G 0.6 STLS/G

0.7 BLKS/G

45.7% FG

43.1% 3PT

87.0% FT


Isaiah Livers' best attribute would undoubtedly be his ability to space the floor. A 43% clip on over 5 attempts per game (9.4 attempts per 100 possessions) is great no matter how you try to spin it. But doing so at 6'7" and being capable of playing either forward position makes him all the more valuable. Over 70% of his shots were jumpers, so he will have a very defined role in the NBA.


Livers won't offer you much in terms of perimeter creation for himself or others, but he spices up his role with smart off-ball cuts, attacking bad close-outs, and running the floor in transition. He also has a big frame, measuring in at 232 pounds with a 6'9" wingspan. He should be fine defensively with bigger 3's and 4's and maybe a little small-ball 5, but will have trouble on the perimeter against guards due to a lack of lateral quickness.


Livers is the consummate 3-and-D role player that every team desires. And even if the defense never comes along, he absolutely should be an NBA rotation player. He slots in as a rotational forward and gives the Sixers an added floor spacer. He is projected to go anywhere in the second half of the second round, so this would be a very realistic option


Neemias Queta - Big - Utah State

14.9 PTS/G

10.1 REBS/G

2.7 ASTS/G 1.1 STLS/G

3.3 BLKS/G

55.9% FG

70.7% FT


Neemias Queta is a traditional big man with high defensive upside. At 7'0.5" with a 7'4" wingspan, his 3.3 blocks per contest was third best in the entire nation. The nuance that comes with being an elite rim protector (taking angles, funneling, recovery) is all there at 22 years old. He also was diverse in pick and roll coverages for his position, and there were flashes of him being relatively switchable out on the perimeter as well.


Offensively, Queta has the athletic capabilities and frame to be a potent lob threat either as a roller or in the dunker spot. He shot 64.4% on shots within 5 feet. He was used more as a post player within Utah State's offense, but that probably won't be his role in the NBA. A reliable mid-range jumpshot would be a nice addition to his game, but not essential. Although a 70% FT percentage is encouraging for future development here. He's also a strong passer for his position, kicking out off double teams and hitting cutters.


I think Queta is a seamless fit in today's NBA. He is a mobile rim protector and rim runner with high upside as a roller. Maybe this could be the Dwight Howard replacement for the future. He played incredibly well in the Combine scrimmages, but his stock doesn't seem to be jumping all that much. A selection at #50 is both attainable and a great value.


Austin Reaves - Guard - Oklahoma

18.3 PTS/G

5.5 REBS/G

4.6 ASTS/G 0.9 STLS/G

0.3 BLKS/G

44.3% FG

30.5% 3PT

86.5% FT


Austin Reaves has a knack for scoring the rock and can do so at all three levels. The 6'6" and 197 pound senior guard especially thrived off of drives. He was one of the best in the nation at drawing fouls and getting to the line. And he was at his best in the mid-range area of the floor. He is skilled and nuanced in the pick and roll, which he needs to be as he doesn't have break neck quickness or elusiveness.


Reaves is also a very strong playmaker, good enough where I think he is capable of playing either guard position. I definitely think he is a better three point shooter than that percentage would indicate, but playing off the ball more will be an adjustment for him. Defensively, he is what he is. It definitely won't ever be a calling card


Reaves might need a year to get up to NBA speed, but I think he can crack a rotation in time. Having perimeter scoring as his best skill makes him a good bet to take late in the second round. He's already 23, and although his game doesn't scream upside, he has a spot on an NBA roster, especially if the three point shooting comes around.


Joe Wieskamp - Forward - Iowa

14.8 PTS/G

6.6 REBS/G

1.7 ASTS/G 0.9 STLS/G

0.3 BLKS/G

49.1% FG

46.2% 3PT

67.7% FT


Joe Wieskamp was definitely one of the best shooters in all of college basketball. He is a true marksman on absurd efficiency and over 5 attempts per game. And again, that kind of shooting gravity and spacing he can create at 6'7 with the ability to play the 3 makes his impact that much greater. He has elite movement shooting upside, and offers a little bit of pick and roll handling ability.


At the NBA Draft Combine, Wieskamp recorded a 42.0" max vertical, which was tops among all small forwards. He also has the ability to create a little bit of offense for himself off the dribble. Nothing elaborate, but he can hit pull-ups, has a decent first step, and finishes 54.1% of shots at the rim. But he does leave a lot to be desired defensively, despite having the frame and size to be relatively effective.


Wieskamp was likely going to be undrafted just a few months ago, and now his meteoric rise up draft boards has some people questioning if he could even hear his name called in the first round. At this point, I doubt he is still available when the Sixers pick at #50, but would welcome the pick with open arms if he falls that far. An NBA-ready floor spacing forward onto a team with a lackluster forward depth chart makes perfect sense, especially if he's still available this late.

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