2nd-Round Picks Philadelphia 76ers Should Keep Their Eyes on

Stephen Albertini@@S_AlbertiniContributor IIApril 30, 2014

Patric Young pumped up against UConn in the Final Four.
Patric Young pumped up against UConn in the Final Four.Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

As it currently stands, the Philadelphia 76ers are the proud owners of five second-round draft picks.

Combined with their two first-rounders (their own and the one they received from the Pelicans via the Jrue Holiday trade), general manager Sam Hinkie and head coach Brett Brown will have plenty of new toys to tinker with come training camp.

After shrewd trades and crafty maneuvering, Hinkie has put the 76ers in the enviable position of having tremendous flexibility on draft night. There are so many options to consider.

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Will they trade back into the first round? Will they package this year's picks for future picks? Will they trade Thaddeus Young?

The 76ers' cupboard is bare. Other than Michael Carter-Williams and Nerlens Noel, no other player on the roster is guaranteed an extended stay at the Sam Hinkie Hotel.

The 2014 draft could be, and 76ers fans sure hope it is, the year that they draft a perennial All-Star and face of the franchise. That is, after all, why owner Josh Harris was satisfied with the team's "successful" 19-63 season. 

But perhaps more importantly, with their slew of second-round picks, this is the year they begin to fill that cupboard with talented pieces at every level of the roster. 

Going against everything I know and believe about Sam Hinkie, let's assume the 76ers keep all five second-round picks. Who will they consider?

In this analysis, I didn't include players who are projected as first-round picks according to most. Shabazz Napier and his incredible tournament run are not included. Neither is Zach LaVine, the intriguing prospect from UCLA, or P.J. Hairston, the former North Carolina Tar Heel. 

Sure, there's always a possibility that those names could slip into the second round, but don't count on it. Could Hinkie trade back into the end of Round 1 to snag one if they're lingering? Of course.  

With that said, here are five potential names that could be fits within the 76ers' rebuilding project.

Glenn Robinson III

The 76ers need athletes. They need guys who can run the floor and attack the basket. Glenn Robinson can be one of those guys.

He's a fantastic leaper (1:20 in the video below). He's adept at running the floor, catching the ball high (6'9" wingspan) and finishing strong. He's efficient around the basket and is athletic enough to beat his man off the dribble and break to the hoop. 

He's not the best defender in terms of technique, but his athleticism and length make him a potential terror on that end. 

He'll need to improve his outside shot in order to see significant time on the wing in the NBA. He was only a career 31 percent three-point shooter at the University of Michigan.

He could be a nice fit with a playmaker like Carter-Williams. Robinson didn't dominate the ball in college and doesn't excel in isolation situations. Most of his scoring comes from cuts to the basket, and he was most effective when playing with Trey Burke, another playmaker, while in college.

If the 76ers miss out on one of the stud small forwards at the top of the draft, Robinson wouldn't be a bad consolation in the second round.  

Isaiah Austin

It's rare to find a true 7'1" center with a long-range stroke and athleticism in the second round, but that's where we find Baylor center Isaiah Austin. 

He's a unique player with a skill set that will make most salivate, but his game lacks consistency and polish.

Isaiah Austin soars to the hoop.
Isaiah Austin soars to the hoop.Jeff Gross/Getty Images

He shot 30 percent from three-point range in college, which is impressive for a man of his size. That ability to knock it down from outside makes him an intriguing "stretch 5" prospect, but the last thing the 76ers want is another Spencer Hawes or Byron Mullens. 

He's not an elite shot-blocker despite his 7'3" wingspan, and his small frame allows him to often get bullied on the block. His rebounding numbers are underwhelming, averaging just five boards a game last season.

If he were to be on the court with Noel at the same time, they may get banged around inside against bigger frontcourt players, but they will be a nightmare for anyone trying to drive to the basket. 

With Austin, it's all about potential and towards the end of the second round, he may be a flier worth taking. He's a 7-footer who can beat defenders off the dribble, knock down an outside jumper and alter shots on defense.

Other than Noel, maybe Thaddeus Young and possibly Henry Sims, who do the 76ers have in their frontcourt? Austin might be a project, but he could be worth a late pick. 

Thanasis Antetokounmpo

After seeing his brother show flashes of athletic brilliance this season in Milwaukee, how can you not be intrigued by him?

In case that video didn't already convince you, the young man from Greece has excellent size and athleticism (6'7", 210 lbs), really prototypical for an NBA prospect. He has a good first step and is fantastic in transition. Can't you just picture him on the other end of a Carter-Williams lob?

His athleticism and motor help him during his momentary lapses on defense. He has great recovery speed and his physical tools make him a potential defensive stalwart. He would fit in beautifully with the length already in place. 

The shot selection is maddening at times and his mechanics are inconsistent. He needs to cut down on turnovers as well, often forcing the issue and not making the safe play. 

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No, he's not a finished product by any stretch, but watch film on him and tell me he doesn't jump off the screen. He's aggressive on defense, can block shots for his position and is explosive in passing lanes. 

He's essentially a more raw version of Robinson, but with a higher ceiling. He spent this past season in the D-League with the Delaware 87ers right in Hinkie's backyard. Don't be surprised if he takes a swing late in the second round on Antetokounmpo and it turns out to be a home run. 

Patric Young

In case you can't tell by now, I like a team that can defend and run. Patric Young, the chiseled senior forward from Florida, would be a nice fit in the middle of the second round. 

The term "NBA body" gets thrown around a lot during draft time, and I bet you'll hear that plenty when analysts are discussing Young. He's big and strong, an intimidating force in the paint and a physical screener. 

His athleticism is superb. Defensively, he can guard effectively against the pick-and-roll, routinely staying in front of guards. He has the physical tools (length, lateral quickness) to be a great defender, but it's his energy and aggression that will allow those skills to translate to the NBA. His effort in the video below perfectly encapsulates what he's about.

He's imposing on the block, easily sealing off defenders and muscling his way to the net. He lacks moves in his post game and is rather limited offensively. His defensive rebounding is suspect for a man of his size and strength. He averaged just 5.7 rebounds per game in four years at Florida and has small hands. 

Young has the potential to be an elite defensive player at the next level and could easily fit in as an energy guy off the bench for the 76ers. He's another stallion that can run the floor and finish at the rim but lacks offensive refinement. He'll fit right in.

Jabari Brown

With this pick, we're letting everyone else run and play defense while Jabari Brown just knocks down shots. Someone has to be the guy to provide some floor spacing. 

The other Jabari averaged 19.9 points at Missouri last season while shooting 41 percent from three-point range, a skill paramount in today's catch-and-shoot NBA. 

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During his college career, he elevated his game from simply a spot-up shooter to an all-around offensive weapon. Not only can he hit an open jumper from most spots on the court, but he showed that he can take defenders off the dribble and attack the basket, often resulting in trips to the free-throw line. 

He ranked first in the SEC with 212 free-throw attempts. His offensive game is polished even though he lacks ideal NBA athleticism. 

Defense isn't his strong suit, where he doesn't always summon the necessary energy to be consistently effective on that end. With some coaching added to an already intrinsic feel for the game, he could improve his focus defensively.

There's always a place for you in this league if you can shoot, and Jabari Brown can certainly do that. 


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