LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 11: Terrence Ross #31 of the Washington Huskies goes up for a dunk late in the second half while taking on the Oregon Ducks in the semifinals of the 2011 Pacific Life Pac-10 Men's Basketball Tournament at Staples Center on March 11, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
Since no one seems to care about the Playoffs, let's take a look at Chad Ford's recently published 2012 NBA Mock Draft. The Sixers have officially clinched the 15th pick and Ford has them selecting Terrance Ross, a shooting guard from Spencer Hawes' alma mater.
This is Ford's fourth version of his mock, and I'm pretty sure he had Ross going to the Sixers in all four editions, with this to say about the pick:
Jodie Meeks is the closest thing the Sixers have to a great 3-point shooter right now. Adding Ross would be an instant upgrade at the backup shooting guard spot.
Fair, but as I said in my previous mock draft post, when you're a franchise like the Sixers – an under-talented, overachieving team that no one cares about – you have to swing for the fences. If I was picking for the Sixers at 15, I wouldn't be looking for a "backup shooting guard". There's plenty of talent in this year's draft, so I'd be going for one of the prospects with high ceilings, low floors.
Ford has Terrence Jones from Kentucky going 14th overall – one pick before the Sixers. He wasn't as productive in college as he talent indicates, but he'd probably be the most talented player on the board if he fell to the Sixers.
Other prospects Ford has going after the Sixers – some of whom I've mentioned previously – who I'd rather have at 15 than Terrance Ross (in no particular order): Arnett Moultrie, Jeremy Lamb, Dion Waiters, Meyers Leonard, Quincy Miller, Royce White and Tony Wroten Jr.
Bottom line, the Sixers are going to have options at 15; this is a deep draft. It's just a matter of making the correct pick. As of right now, my top 3, not including Terrence Jones, is: Wroten, Leonard and White.