There Are Two Ways for Sixers Fans to Look at the Jahlil Okafor Pick

Joel Embiid (left) and Nerlens Noel (right) | Bill Streicher, USA Today Sports. Jahlil Okafor (center), Chris Steppig, NCAA Pool, USA Today Sports

Joel Embiid (left) and Nerlens Noel (right) | Bill Streicher, USA Today Sports. Jahlil Okafor (center), Chris Steppig, NCAA Pool, USA Today Sports

Basketball writer Derek Bodner is covering the NBA draft for Philadelphia magazine at Sixers Draftland

The results of Thursday night’s NBA draft left many Sixers fans confused about the direction of the team.

It also left many fans hopeful for the team’s future.

The drafting of Jahlil Okafor — who was thought of by most to be one of the three best prospects in the draft and one of the few who could legitimately be expected to turn a franchise around — can be looked at in two ways, both of which have some merit: Read more »

Richaun Holmes, J.P. Tokoto Highlight Sixers’ Second-Round Picks

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Bowling Green’s Richaun Holmes, (left) | North Carolina’s J.P. Tokoto (right)

Basketball writer Derek Bodner is covering the NBA draft for Philadelphia magazine at Sixers Draftland

While the selection of Jahlil Okafor at No. 3 overall is far and away the biggest story to come out of the 2015 NBA draft for the Sixers, the team had five second-round selections at their disposal with which to try to find a diamond in the rough.

The Sixers started off the second round by trading the 35th pick to the New York Knicks for two future second rounders. The Knicks have already traded away all of their own second-round picks through the 2019 draft, but they do have second-round picks from Houston in 2017 and 2018, as well as a second-round pick from Cleveland in 2019, available to them.

The Sixers then selected Bowling Green senior Richaun Holmes with the 37th pick in the draft. We highlighted Holmes, the MAC’s Defensive Player of the Year, as a potential second-round option earlier in the day. Holmes has the potential to impact the game on the defensive end because of his mobility and shot-blocking ability, and he’s improved his offensive game over the past two seasons, shooting 36.1% (30-83) from three-point range over the past two years while shooting over 70% from the line each year. Read more »

The Sixers Select Jahlil Okafor With the No. 3 Pick

Jahlil Okafor (Duke) greets NBA commissioner Adam Silver after being selected as the number three overall pick in the first round of the 2015 NBA Draft at Barclays Center.

Jahlil Okafor (Duke) greets NBA commissioner Adam Silver after being selected as the number three overall pick in the first round of the 2015 NBA Draft at Barclays Center.

Basketball writer Derek Bodner is covering the NBA draft for Philadelphia magazine at Sixers Draftland

With the Lakers selecting Ohio State’s D’Angelo Russell second overall, the Sixers made the decision to go with another big man: this time Duke center Jahlil Okafor.

With Russell off the board the Sixers took their highest rated player, despite having already invested in major talent for their frontcourt over the last two seasons. Okafor will join Joel Embiid (3rd overall pick in 2014) and Nerlens Noel (6th overall in 2013) in a suddenly crowded frontcourt. Read more »

Sixers Draftland: 2015 NBA Draft Liveblog

Jahlil Okafor (Duke) greets NBA commissioner Adam Silver after being selected as the number three overall pick in the first round of the 2015 NBA Draft at Barclays Center.

Jahlil Okafor (Duke) greets NBA commissioner Adam Silver after being selected as the number three overall pick in the first round of the 2015 NBA Draft at Barclays Center.

As we continue our coverage of the 2015 NBA draft, I will be chatting with you live from the NBA draft at the Barclay’s Center. Stop on in and leave a question, or just hang out and follow along for the latest news, rumors and updates.

Live Blog Sixers Draft 2015
 


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Rating the Sixers Draft Prospects by Checking Their Horoscopes

Zodiac images via Shutterstock.com. D'Angelo Russell and Jahlil Okafor photos via USA Today Sports. Porzingis via Twitter.

Zodiac images via Shutterstock.com. D’Angelo Russell and Jahlil Okafor photos via USA Today Sports. Porzingis via Twitter.

Phillymag.com’s Derek Bodner has been doing a masterful job of unpacking the candidates to be the Sixers’ top pick in tonight’s NBA draft. But now push has come to shove, and it’s time to stop niggling over outside shooting and post defense and get down to brass tacks. We consulted the stars — the Daily News horoscope, penned by one Holiday Mathis — to learn which hoops star will be wearing that spanking new jersey this season. Barring tragic injuries, of course. Some things even the heavens can’t predict. Read more »

Who Are the Sixers’ Second-Round Options?

Basketball writer Derek Bodner is covering the NBA draft for Philadelphia magazine at Sixers Draftland

We spend a lot of time, and deservedly so, focusing on the Sixers’ third overall pick in tonight’s draft.

It is, after all, the pick that has far and away the most drastic impact on the Sixers’ future. If the Sixers fail in their rebuilding efforts, it will be because they failed to find a real difference-maker at the top of the draft.

Still, the second round represents an opportunity to acquire cheap talent. We’re heading into an offseason where Jimmy Butler (the last pick in the first round of the 2011 draft), Draymond Green (35th in 2012), Khris Middleton (39th in 2012), and Marc Gasol (48th in 2007) are all about to receive hefty contracts in free agency.

With five (!) second-round picks tonight, who are some players the Sixers could, or should, be targeting? Read more »

Report: D’Angelo Russell to Lakers a Smokescreen

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Adrian Wojnarowski on Fox Sports 1 said that his sources tell him that the Lakers’ interest in D’Angelo Russell is a smokescreen to try to pressure the Kings to make the DeMarcus Cousins trade today. Wojnarowski went on to say that the Sixers are locked in at D’Angelo Russell with the 3rd pick.

You can watch the video of the Wojnarowski interview here.

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Report: Celtics Putting Together a Huge Offer for No. 3 Pick

Apr 6, 2015 Duke Blue Devils center Jahlil Okafor (15) drives to the basket against Wisconsin on April 6, 2015 during the NCAA Men's Division I Championship game. | Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Apr 6, 2015 Duke Blue Devils center Jahlil Okafor (15) drives to the basket against Wisconsin on April 6, 2015 during the NCAA Men’s Division I Championship game.

Basketball writer Derek Bodner is covering the NBA draft for Philadelphia magazine at Sixers Draftland

The possibility of the Lakers selecting D’Angelo Russell with the second overall pick (assuming they don’t trade the pick for DeMarcus Cousins) continues to pick up steam, with Joe Kotoch of Sheridan Hoops and Kevin Ding of Bleacher Report claiming that the Lakers now prefer Russell. Read more »

Reports: Sixers Targeting Rashad Vaughn; Is Trading Down a Possibility?

UNLV Rebels guard Rashad Vaughn attempts a free throw in second half against the Colorado State Rams at Moby Arena on Feb. 7, 2015.

UNLV Rebels guard Rashad Vaughn attempts a free throw in second half against the Colorado State Rams at Moby Arena on Feb. 7, 2015.

Basketball writer Derek Bodner is covering the NBA draft for Philadelphia magazine at Sixers Draftland

As we wake up on the morning of the draft, a number of rumors are circulating around the league which could throw the draft into chaos.

• The biggest news of the day is that the Lakers and Kings have exchanged the framework of a possible deal that would send DeMarcus Cousins to Los Angeles, with the Lakers sending back the No. 2 overall pick in the 2015 NBA draft, former 2014 draft picks Julius Randle (7th overall pick last year) and Jordan Clarkson (46th overall), and other assets.

This trade would have major implications for the Sixers. Besides potentially changing who could be selected just ahead of them in the draft at No. 2 overall, it also could impact where the Lakers pick falls in next year’s draft. The Sixers have the Lakers’ top-3 protected pick. Read more »

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