Owners of the third overall pick in this month's draft, the Philadelphia 76ers are sitting pretty on a stable of quality prospects to choose from.
But Draft Express' most recent mock draft indicates they may go a different route with the pick, selecting a 19-year-old who may not be the "safest" option. The player? Kristaps Porzingis:
"The Sixers are reportedly extremely high on the Latvian power forward as a shot-blocking, 3-point shooting power forward to play in between their big man combo of Nerlens Noel and Joel Embiid. This would be somewhat of a surprise pick, but 7-footers in the Porzingis mold are difficult to come by, and teams feel he has clear cut all-star potential once his body fills out."
Would the Sixers really pass on the opportunity to take D'Angelo Russell or Emmanuel Mudiay, two point guards who have the potential to shine at a position Philly really needs to strengthen? It's possible, and if they do, it's also possible Sam Hinkie comes to regret it.