DAYTON, OH - MARCH 16: Nikola Vucevic #5 of the USC Trojans handles the ball against the Virginia Commonwealth Rams during the first round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at UD Arena on March 16, 2011 in Dayton, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
ESPN's Chad Ford noted in a recent column that the 76ers and Knicks seem to be interested USC PF/C Nikola Vucevic. The 20 year old from Montenegro measured out as the tallest player at the NBA combine, just a shade under seven feet without shoes. He also had a huge 7-5 wingspan and a 9-5 standing reach, which is better than Greg Oden measured out at.
In Ford's latest mock he has Vucevic going number 25 to the Celtics. Draft Express has him going 21 to the Blazers. Vucevic is an interesting prospect who I'm not too familiar with. His combine measurements were outstanding: 7', 260 lbs with a 7'4" wingspan and 6% body fat, but his vertical of 25" and 8 reps on the bench press is a bit underwhelming. With the sixteenth pick he may be a nice gamble for the Sixers – a team in desperate need of size. He's only 20 years old and still has decent potential. Draft Express has his 'best case scenario' as Mehmet Okur. Vucevic's DREB% was 25.5 last season, along with a 4.3 BLK%.
Jonathan Givony of Draft Express does not mention the Sixers as one of the "most active" teams trying to trade up for the number two pick.
Kate Fagan of Deep Sixer has the scoop on the Sixers first scheduled pre-draft workout.
The Sixers will hold their first pre-draft workout on Saturday at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. The workout is scheduled to run from about 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and includes participants Lavoy Allen (Temple), Rick Jackson (Syracuse), Vernon Macklin (Florida), Greg Smith (Fresno State), Chris Wright (Dayton), and Tomislav Zubcic (Croatia).
Kate goes on to provide a brief description of each player, if you're interested. All six are second round options, at best.