While many 76ers fans have set their sights on Ohio State guard D'Angelo Russell with the third overall pick, it may not be a one horse race for Philadelphia's first round selection. Sixers general manager Sam Hinkie is intrigued by former Guangdong Southern Tigers point guard Emmanuel Mudiay, a source told Liberty Ballers.
Mudiay played just 12 games in China due to injury, but averaged 18 points, 6.3 rebounds, and nearly 6 assists per game. Philadelphia, like many other teams, is attracted by his athleticism, something he certainly has the upper hand over Russell.
And while Russell may have a more polished offensive game, the 19-year-old Mudiay possesses the passing skills and defensive potential to be a game changer at the NBA level. According to a report from Adam Zagoria, Mudiay will have dinner with Sixers representatives on June 15, before working out for the team the following day. Any workouts Russell has scheduled with Philadelphia are currently unknown.
Anything goes during the pre-draft period, and there are a plethora of players Philadelphia could reasonably select. However, don't count out the possibility of the Sixers selecting Emmanuel Mudiay, even if D'Angelo Russell is still on the board when the Sixers are on the clock.