The Philadelphia 76ers are welcoming seven new draft prospects to PCOM on Tuesday, and expected top 10 pick Jaylen Brown is amongst the group. Brown will have his own private workout with the team, while the other six prospects will participate in 3-on-3 drills.
Up next for Sixers tomorrow. Two separate sessions; first group in AM, then Cal's Jaylen Brown in afternoon. pic.twitter.com/ADOGJwwe8X— Brian Seltzer (@brianseltzer) June 13, 2016
Georges Niang is probably the most intriguing name of the group, but other that's a pretty uninspiring list. He averaged 20.5 points and 6.2 rebounds while shooting 54.6 percent from the field and 39.2 percent from beyond the arc. Niang is super crafty offensively, but is a sub-par athlete and will probably struggle to find a position at the next level. He was also a teammate of Nerlens Noel during their time at Tilton High School in New Hampshire. Draft Express ranked him No. 70 on their top 100. Iona's A.J. English put up some gaudy numbers during his senior season, but will most likely be an undrafted free agent.
Brown, a 6-foot-7 two guard, averaged 14.6 points and 5.4 rebounds while shooting 43.1 percent from the field. He's nowhere even close to contention for the top pick, but it's always good to have some extra information on him in case the Sixers do end up making a move for another high draft pick. Most mock drafts have the 19-year-old going to Denver with the seventh pick. Regardless of whether or not the Sixers do end up with another top 10 pick, he feels like a bad fit for the direction this team is headed. If their M.O. is get better now, then someone like Oklahoma's Buddy Hield or Providence's Kris Dunn would make more sense.
Brown is a pretty serious project who desperately needs to work on his jump shot, ball handling and cutting down on his turnovers. He's an elite athlete, but that's just about all he had to hang his hat on this season. Two years ago, taking someone with Brown's profile would have made sense. Today, the Sixers seem more likely to bet on the sure thing who can make an immediate impact.