Malik Monk will star in a solo workout at the Sixers’ practice facility, but he’s not the only guy expected to be in the building for a look. Before Monk has his chance to shine on Thursday afternoon, a group of 2017 NBA Draft prospects including Villanova’s Josh Hart and Oregon’s Dillon Brooks will participate in a morning showcase.
For local basketball fans, Hart is the obvious center of attention in the group workout. He’s on the older side at 22 years old and he’s not going to blow you away with his physical tools, but he’s a polished guard who Philadelphia came to love during Nova’s period of dominance over the last couple seasons. He excelled in a variety of roles on-and-off ball during his time at ‘Nova, and anyone who shoots over 40 percent from three on five attempts per game deserves a look from this team.
Brooks possesses similar size and athleticism concerns on the wing; he measured at 6’5” in shoes with a 6’6” wingspan at the Draft Combine. Despite that, he was one of the best wings in the country at creating his own shot last season, and his combination of free-throw and three-point success points to promise as a shooter. If you can create attempts for yourself at the rim and make threes, you have a place in the league.
Once you get past the mid-lotto of this draft, there’s not a lot separating the guys in the mid-first and the early second round candidates. There are flashier names out there, but both players deserve a look from the Sixers on draft night.
Here’s the full list of participants in Thursday’s group workout:
- Dillon Brooks, F, Oregon
- Dylan Ennis, G, Oregon
- Jack Gibbs, G, Davidson
- Josh Hart, G, Villanova
- Tidjan Keita, F, Thetford Academy
- Darryl Reynolds, F, Villanova