Sixers Draft 2012: 11 Undrafted Free Agents To Watch

This guy.

The Philadelphia 76ers came away from the 2012 NBA Draft with Moe Harkless and Arnett Moultrie – both in the first round. Unfortunately, they made no selections in the second round, despite owning the 45th and 54th picks. They traded the 45th pick to the Miami Heat, in the package for Arnett Moultrie, and sold the 54th pick to the Brooklyn Nets.

With the draft in the books, intriguing prospects remain – some of which the Sixers could pursue in the market of undrafted free agency.

As many of you know, the Sixers worked out a total of 35 prospects leading up to the draft – a list in which I referred to many times. Of those 35 prospects, 19 went undrafted, and all 19 should be in play for the Sixers – either to invite to training camp, or play on the Summer League affiliate in Orlando.

Make the jump for 11 guys to keep an eye on, including excerpts I wrote about them pre-draft.

1. Scott Machado

Machado put up some highly impressive numbers during his senior season at Iona. He led the entire NCAA in assists per game at 9.9 and ranked fifth in the nation with a 3:1 assist-to-turnover ratio. His offensive rating of 121 and true shooting percentage of 60.5 were also impressive. Although he only attempted a modest amount (three per game), he shot 40 percent from beyond the arch.

Unfortunately, Machado is somewhat limited physically. He stands 6'2", 205 - which is perfect for a point guard - but his 6'3" wingspan is a disappointment and his lane agility test was recently clocked at 12 seconds. That's a bad time for a guard (Vucevic's was 12.02), and is usually a sign of poor lateral quickness, which leads to bad defense. He's also struggled with conditioning in the past, so it's no surprise his body fat percentage is 10.

Defensively, he leaves much to be desired.

The upside: he has the potential to be a really solid back-up point guard. He's an efficient scorer and above average at setting up his teammates. He didn't play against the greatest competition at Iona, but it's hard to ignore the monster performances he had against good programs.

Vs. Purdue: 14 points (nine shots), 11 assists, 5 rebounds, 2 turnovers

Vs. Maryland: 15 points (11 shots), 15 assists, 4 rebounds, 0 turnovers

Vs. St. Joe's: 33 points (18 shots), 10 assists, 5 rebounds, 3 turnovers, 5 steals

Vs. BYU (NCAA Tourney): 15 points (9 shots), 10 assists, 5 turnovers

2. Hollis Thompson

Thompson has one elite skill - his three-point shooting. Everything else projects to be below average in NBA terms. That said, he has good size for the small forward position, and could serve as Jodie Meeks replacement and possibly even find his way into the Sixers starting lineup - next to Jrue Holiday and Evan Turner.He's not an ideal starter, but much like Jodie Meeks did, he could provide a much-needed three point shooter for penetrating Sixers guards to pass to.

While below average, he's not a terrible defender, and he can rebound from the small forward position.

3. Michael Eric

Eric isn't going to give you much offensively, but he's a big body who can rebound and block shots - two skills the Sixers desperately lack. I wouldn't mind taking him in the second round, although he can probably be had as an undrafted free agent.

I had the chance to cover Eric a little bit for SB Nation Philly. I feel like he was on his way to a semi-breakout season before he went down with injury. At 6'11", 240, he graduated from Can't Teach Height University, and posted damn-impressive OREB% (13.2), DREB% (27.7) and BLK% (8.0) at Temple. The Sixers were reportedly interested in him as a potential second rounder.

4. Henry Sims

Sims stands 6'11", 245, with a 7'4" wingspan, so he's a big dude. He was an inefficient scorer in college (52.3 true shooting percentage), despite his ability to get to the free throw line and convert at a relatively high rate. Because of his size, he can be an imposing presence on defense, and blocked a decent amount of shots. However; his rebounding was a disappointment at the college level, and he's somewhat limited athletically. In the NBA, he's profiles as an average interior defender, who can finish around the rim on occasion.

5. Tu Holloway

Although he's undersized, at 5'11", Holloway's 6'5" wingspan should help him compete in the NBA. Offensively, he averaged nearly 18 points per game for Xaxier. His shot selection was questionable, at times, and his jumper is streaky - especially off the dribble - but his free throw rate ranked among the best in the country. At his size, he's unlikely to have the same success in the NBA, but it's an encouraging sign that he got to the line at such a high rate.

What sets Holloway apart from most undersized guards - like Jardine, Wayns, Cheek, etc. - is, he's a pretty good defender.

He's a back-up point guard, slash emergency third, who can penetrate and defend.

6. John Shurna

Shurna was an efficient offensive player at Northwestern, but it's hard to see it translating to the NBA. He's an undersized, athletically-limited, hard-worker. He won't have a real position in the NBA and will be limited to a spot-up "big" off the bench, who can contribute occasionally as an energy guy. He's not a good rebounder or defender.

7. Alex Young

Young averaged 20+ points per game at IUPUI, but did so with very little efficiency. He was an intriguing scorer for moments in college - against lesser competition - but it's highly unlikely to translate to the NBA.

The things to like about Young are, his size and defense. He stands 6'6", with a 6'11" wingspan, and weighs in around 220 pounds. While he's not the greatest athlete, his length and size could pose problems for opposing guards - even at the NBA level. However; his technique needs some polish and he can go through the motions at times.

8. Terrell Stoglin

Stoglin could replace Louis Williams, to an extent. Although he was a good scorer in college, I doubt he'll be as effective in the NBA. He's a better pure shooter than Lou, but doesn't posses Lou's ability to get to the free throw line.

From Derek:

Despite his shortcomings on the court, Stoglin has a skill set very much in demand in the NBA, as he ranks as the third best per-minute scorer in this draft class. He has the range on his shot and overall offensive versatility to be able to contribute as a spark off the bench, and the potential as a catch and shoot player to transition himself for when he isn't the focal point of an offense. Players who can both shoot with range and create offense prolifically off the dribble are difficult to come by, which could make him an attractive option to a NBA team, either now or sometime down the road.

Despite that, Stoglin will have an uphill battle in convincing decision makers that his off court transgressions and reputation for selfish play don't overshadow his offensive talent. Already fighting concerns over his shoot-first mentality and his defensive shortcomings, questions about his intangibles could be very difficult for his draft stock.

9. Zack Rosen

Good shooter, hard worker, leader, intangibles and overcheiver are the most common descriptions of Zack Rosen. The senior point guard averaged 18+ points at Penn last season, sporting a solid true shooting percentage of 57.6 and 1.9 assist-to-turnover ratio. He's been writing about the entire draft process for Draft Express and seems like a smart, engaging dude. His recent athletic testing results were also surprisingly impressive - 30 inch no step, 11.10 lane agility and 3.18 3/4 sprint (on par with Derrick Rose). He'll probably go undrafted, but I would be somewhat surprised if he didn't carve out a role as a 10th or 11th man in the NBA for the next decade.

10. Herb Pope

I like Pope. I like his size. I like his rebounding. I like his upside. He evolve into something like a poor man's DeJuan Blair. He's projected to go undrafted, for good reason. That said, I wouldn't mind sending him a training camp and/or summer league invite. At worst, he's an emergency rebounder and six extra fouls off the bench.

From Derek:

Herb Pope still has some question marks and red flags surrounding his background, but his play, and perhaps more importantly his improved conditioning, are good signs going forward. He appears to have dedicated himself in the offseason, and the results have followed. Pope, despite being somewhat undersized, has an NBA caliber body, a skill in rebounding that should translate, and a level of mobility and overall skill level that provides some intrigue. If Pope can prove his improvement as a jump shooter is legitimate, it would not be a surprise to see him stick at the next level.

11. Renardo Sidney

Renardo Sidney is bizarre. He's like a combination of Marreese Speights, Glen Davis and Ron Artest. If that doesn't intrigue you, I don't know what will.

He stands 6'9" and weights over 300 pounds. His measured body fat percentage of 22+ was the most fat recorded on an NBA prospect since Oliver Miller. Despite his blatant out-of-shapeness, his 3/4 court sprint was recently clocked at 3.55 – the same time as Austin Daye – and his no step vertical jump was 30.5 inches – the same vert Dwight Howard had in 2004 – so he's surprisingly athletic. He also has an impressive 7'5" wingspan.

To go along with his body fat, he has a plethora of negatives – both on and off the court. On the court, he's poorly conditioned, he doesn't always try, turns the ball over at an extremely high rate and settles for jump shots far too often, especially for a guy who weighs 300 pounds. Off the court, he engaged in a fist fight with one of his teammates ... in the stands.

Andray Blatche meets Marreese Speights, meets Glen Davis, meets Ron Artest. SIGN ME UP!

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I'd say there's a very good chance multiple guys on this list end up in training camp for the Sixers, at the very least, with about a 20 percent chance at least one makes an appearance on the Sixers roster next season. Two if you count Renardo's Sidney's alter ego.

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