The Philadelphia 76ers have the 3rd pick in this year’s draft and it grants the franchise a great opportunity to reap the rewards of “The Process”. Boston is most likely going to draft Markelle Fultz and the Lakers are most likely taking Lonzo Ball. The 2017 class has been put in the same category as the 2003 draft. The same draft class that produced LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Dwyane Wade. With De’Aaron Fox, Jayson Tatum and Malik Monk on the board at 3 the Sixers will have plenty of ways to be a playoff team next season.
The 76ers will be a playoff team next season if Joel Embiid stays healthy and Ben Simmons plays like he did in last year’s summer league. Even with T.J McConnell as their starting point guard the team can still be a formidable force in the East. But what if Bryan Colangelo pulled the trigger and drafted Kentucky Point Guard De’Aaron Fox. Fox is fast, athletic and dropped 39 points on Lonzo Ball. Just for shutting up LaVarr Ball the Sixers need to draft Fox.
Jrue Holiday was the last point guard that made a significant impact in Philadelphia. Almost every playoff team has a solid point guard and that is the biggest need at the moment. Sergio Rodriguez and Jerryd Bayless won’t take any team to the playoffs. T.J McConnell has heart and that is why he fits in Philly. Drafting Fox makes the most the sense simply because paying Kyle Lowry a max salary isn’t a good move and letting Ben Simmons be the full time Point Guard is risky.
Just because the Celtics and Lakers are likely to take two guards over Fox doesn’t mean Fox is the 3rd best point guard. There is a case to be made that he is better than both Ball and Fultz. Fox is said to be the fastest player in this draft and his experience at Kentucky may put him ahead of the curve when it comes to being prepared for the NBA. Coach Brett Brown might die early and go to Heaven just thinking about utilizing the Pick N Roll with Fox and Embiid. Or put Simmons at the point and let Fox play off the ball, the possibilities are endless with De’Aaron Fox. The draft is just under a month away and the Sixers are a month away from becoming playoff bound.