With less that a month to go until the 2017 NBA Draft, pre-draft workouts are in full swing. While the Sixers have yet to bring in any prospects to the team facility in Camden (expect that to happen next week), they’re on the road checking out agency-led workouts.
According to Keith Pompey, the Sixers will have representatives attending the Excel Sports Management workout on Thursday that will feature Kentucky’s Malik Monk.
Excel, which is run by Monk’s agent Jeff Schwartz, notably represents Duke’s Harry Giles, UCLA’s T.J. Leaf and Oregon’s Dillon Brooks.
In his only year at Kentucky, Monk averaged 19.8 points while shooting 45 percent from the field and 39.7 percent from three. The 19-year-old is widely seen as a consensus top-10 pick, with the potential to sneak into the top five.
Monk would certainly fill a need for the Sixers, but concerns about his ability to impact the game outside of his perimeter shooting make him an unlikely option with the third pick. He could certainly be in consideration if the Sixers decide to trade back, but there’s no evidence to indicate they’re considering a move like that at this time.
Attending Monk’s workout isn’t necessarily an indication of interest. Members of the Sixers front office will likely be checking out plenty of agency run workouts over the next few weeks. For now, Colangelo and his team are simply doing their due diligence on a player whose name has been linked to the team for some time now. However, it’s certainly possible the Sixers decide to bring in Monk for a follow up workout
Brooks is also an intriguing name for the Sixers to consider with one of their many second-round picks. The 21-year-old averaged 16.1 points while shooting 48.8 percent from the field and 40.1 percent from three as he led the Ducks to their first Final Four appearance since 1939.