Ed Snider, the chairman of the 76ers, doesn't pay attention to mock drafts, which is why he gave his team a high grade for Thursday's selections.
The Sixers took Georgia Tech small forward Thaddeus Young and Colorado State power forward Jason Smith with the 12th and 20th picks (after flip-flopping with Miami for No. 21) in the first round. They got Vanderbilt swingman Derrick Byars and Providence forward-center Herbert Hill in the second with picks 42 and 55.
"I'm thrilled with our draft and thought we did extremely well," Snider said yesterday by phone. "We got the guys who we had ranked 10th and 13th overall on our board in the first round."