Bryan Colangelo's first draft as the decision maker of the Philadelphia 76ers was an undeniable success, bringing in an assortment of international talent. After selecting LSU forward Ben Simmons, who might represent his home land of Australia in the 2016 Rio Olympics, Colangelo went to Serbia, by way of France, for Timothe Luwawu at pick No. 24. Finally, he plucked Turkish wing Furkan Korkmaz, who was expected to be way off the board before pick No. 26, to conclude an exceptional haul.
Now, Colangelo is gauging the open market for undrafted free agents, hoping to connect on some and implement them into a youth-laden roster. Liberty Ballers is tracking each first-year talent Colangelo takes a flier on in the offseason.
1. James Webb III (22 years old), SF, Boise State
Sources: 76ers and Boise State's James Webb III have agreed to a partially guaranteed two-year deal, with chance to compete for roster spot.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 24, 2016
Per Yahoo! Sports' Shams Charania, Colangelo has inked Boise State wing James Webb III to a partially guaranteed two-year deal. The Sixers worked out Webb prior to the draft and the 6-9, 202-pound forward definitely left an impression on Colangelo, enough to earn him an NBA contract. Webb averaged 15.8 points and hauled in an exceptional 9.1 boards per game. One aspect that is a hindrance to his game is Webb's declining three-point efficiency (40.9 percent from deep in 2014-15 season, 24.8 percent last season).
2. Shawn Long (23 years old), PF, Louisiana-Lafayette
Louisiana-Lafayette forward Shawn Long has agreed to a partially guaranteed two-year deal with the 76ers, league sources tell The Vertical.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 24, 2016
Charania with the scoop again on the Sixers free agent signings, is reporting that 2016 Sun Belt POY Shawn Long has also signed a partially guaranteed two-year deal. He will play in the Summer League for the team. Long was a sleeper draft possibility in the past three drafts but chose to finally declare as a senior. Long is a rugged 4 and effectively uses all 6'9" and 245 pounds worth of his body on the glass and to overwhelm defenders in the paint.
He averaged a career-high 18.9 points, shot 52.4 percent from the floor and hauled in a monstrous 12.1 boards in his senior campaign for the Ragin' Cajuns; easily one of the top college team names in the nation. Like Webb, the Sixers also worked out Long previously to signing him to a partially guaranteed deal.