After multiple instances of rescheduling, the 2020 NBA Draft is finally set (we hope) for November 18. The league moving the draft has bought front office decision-makers more time following an unprecedented NBA season that will conclude in October, but Elton Brand and his League of Somehow-Not-Fired-Yet Gentlemen still only have less than two months remaining to determine what to do with the team’s five selections, including the 21st overall pick. One prospect they would apparently like to learn more about is 6-foot-2 point guard Tyrell Terry.
2020 NBA Draft prospect Tyrell Terry said he has interviewed with the Phoenix Suns, Oklahoma City Thunder, Philadelphia 76ers, Toronto Raptors, New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets, Golden State Warriors, Minnesota Timberwolves and Chicago Bulls among others.— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) September 29, 2020
The former Stanford Cardinal has long been thought of as a good fit for the Sixers. Tankathon’s mock draft has Terry going to Philadelphia with the 21st pick, as does Bleacher Report, just to name a couple. In a Zoom call this morning, Terry said he has had “great communication” with the team.
Tyrell Terry says he’s interviewed with the Sixers and has had “great communication” with the team so far.— Noah Levick (@NoahLevick) September 29, 2020
Here’s an expanded quote from Terry, courtesy of USA Today’s SixersWire:
“I had great communication with them as well as my agent. I think it’s an organization that has a lot of pieces, a lot of talent. I think it’s going to be interesting to see how they all put it together to make that next jump in the Eastern Conference. I’m very aware of what the organization has and what their values are...During my interview, there’s a section where you’re allowed to ask questions. That’s one of the questions I asked them, how do they see me fitting into their system? They had some really positive responses. They love the uniqueness of my shooting and my ability to play lead guard as well as play off the ball.”
It’s no secret the Sixers sorely lack on-ball creation. The best player on last year’s roster in that area might have been reserve guard Alec Burks, who is more likely than not heading elsewhere next season in free agency. Terry is certainly someone who could help in that regard; our Daniel Olinger ranked him as the best creator in the draft back in May. He’s quick and an excellent finisher around the rim, and shot 40.8 percent from 3 in his lone season at Stanford, so opposing defenders have to respect him as an outside threat. As Terry mentioned himself during the interview, that shooting ability would also allow him to play off ball, capitalizing off the attention drawn by Joel Embiid or Ben Simmons.
Based on fit and talent, I have no issue whatsoever if Terry is who the Sixers come away with using the 21st overall pick. If he is a guy Elton Brand and company are interested in, hopefully they do a much better job disguising that fact than they did with Matisse Thybulle last year. Just because the Sixers have plenty of second-round picks doesn’t mean they have to throw away because an opposing franchise sniffed out their desire to secure a prospect. Boot up the laptop and interview 30 different guys, these Zoom calls don’t cost you anything after all.
This is also the point where I should mention that if the organization was going to make changes to the front office, it would be nice to have any fresh faces in on these interviews. However, I’ve basically given up on the Sixers doing things in a logical manner. C’est la vie.
Anyway, Tyrell Terry, he would be fun! Let us know in the comments what you think about the Sixers potentially drafting him.