Around College Basketball is back with its fifth edition! The new years brings with it the start of in division play and the chance for prospects to really show up. A mixture of both youth and veteran players throughout the draft gives the Sixers the ability to take someone that has both upside and a résumé of success even at the end of the first round.
Pick Projection: 24th overall
Kings Watch: With a record of 19-18, the Sacramento Kings are projected to have the 14th pick. Remember, the Sixers get whichever pick is worse between their own and that of the Kings, with the better going to Boston unless its #1 overall. As of now the Sixers would keep their pick at 24th overall.
Prospects to Watch:
Dedric Lawson, Kansas (PF): Checking back in on one of the first prospects we looked at in this series, Dedric Lawson has looked like one of the top players in the country this season. Averaging 19.6 points per game Lawson mainly focuses on playing with his back to the basket and using his length to score over large defenders. He’s not the greatest three point shooter as he is only shooting 20% on the season, but the fact that he is willing to shoot the ball from outside (1.7 attempts per game) shows that there is something to work with. For someone putting up the numbers Lawson is, it’s surprising to see mock drafts having Lawson still available when the Sixers make their selection. The lack of true explosiveness and the inability to have a consistent mid-range or three point jump shot right now severely caps his upside, but he can still be a solid addition to a teams bench.
Luguentz Dort, Arizona State (SG): A player who hasn’t had a lot of talk around him until very recently, Luguentz Dort is here to stay. A scorer on all levels, Dort has been able to shoulder the load for the Arizona State Sun Devils to the tune of 18.1 points per game. Whether it’s shooting from outside or driving to the lane and finishing at the rim Dort really does it all.
Big night for ASU freshman Luguentz Dort in a double OT win over Cal State Fullerton. After a 1-of-7 first half the 6'5, 220 pound guard finished with 28 points and 9 rebounds on 9-of-21 shooting. Physical, downhill slasher who plays with a mean streak. https://t.co/ZUVCNXTd1W pic.twitter.com/zNJoW0gb6U— Mike Schmitz (@Mike_Schmitz) November 7, 2018
Known for his scoring prowess, I think Dort can be a solid facilitator at the next level too. The Sixers need as much help from their bench as they can get, adding Dort will help them in several different ways. He plays with a sense of aggressiveness that has been sorely missed from the Sixers second unit this year, if he is available when the Sixers pick they should jump at the opportunity to draft the explosive freshman.
Grant Williams, Tennessee (PF): The 2018 SEC Player of the Year, Grant Williams has taken another step forward this year. Often times overlooked because of his teammate Admiral Schofield, he has been dominant from the start. Averaging a career high in points (20.1), rebounds (8.3) and assists (4.0), Williams isn’t flashy with his play, but he knows how to make the right one. A physical player down on the block, Williams can also come outside and hit the open jumper when necessary, and since he isn’t the largest at his position that is something that he needs to be a consistent in his game.
Grant Williams out here snatching men’s souls. pic.twitter.com/16TBdRw2aP— Houston Kress (@VolRumorMill) December 30, 2017
The Sixers need more athleticism and explosiveness at all positions, especially on the bench, Grant Williams brings a ton of that. Tennessee is one of the premiere programs in the SEC and Williams has helped them get there over his three years, now the junior power forward looks primed to improve his draft stock before seasons end.