Sixers have options but aren't revealing them

The 76ers could draft a big man, such as 7-foot Pittsburgh center Steven Adams (13), blocking a shot in January by Providence's LaDontae Henton. Or they might go for a point guard.
The 76ers could draft a big man, such as 7-foot Pittsburgh center Steven Adams (13), blocking a shot in January by Providence's LaDontae Henton. Or they might go for a point guard. (      ELISE AMENDOLA / AP)
Posted: June 28, 2013

NEW YORK - If the 76ers have a plan for Thursday night's NBA draft - they have the 11th pick - they have yet to reveal it.

General manager Sam Hinkie has not talked about the team's needs. Owner Josh Harris has been silent, too. The Sixers don't even have a coach to share his vision of the future, and star players Jrue Holiday and Evan Turner said recently that they are unaware of the team's draft plans.

That leaves many options. Hinkie could go after a big man or a point guard, and the Sixers also have worked out prospects who play on the wing.

That's what you call covering all the bases.

Barring a trade, the Sixers own one first-round pick (No. 11) and two second-round selections (35th and 42d). There's a chance they may try to trade up or down in the draft, or they could trade a player on their roster for an additional first-round pick.

Who knows? Nobody is talking.

The Sixers could target Indiana center Cody Zeller.

But, "I don't know if I will be around at 11," Zeller said during Wednesday's predraft news conference. "We will see."

Orlando, with the second pick; Charlotte, with the fourth; Sacramento, with the seventh selection; or Minnesota, with the ninth pick, are candidates to take Zeller before the Sixers can.

Zeller didn't seem to be concerned about where he will wind up.

"I think I would be good for [the Sixers] just because I'd be a big guy that could help," he said. "They've got a lot of young guys in the guard spot. But I feel like I could help them in the front line."

Steven Adams also could help the Sixers on the front line. And, like Zeller, the 7-foot center from Pittsburgh could be one of their draft targets. But the New Zealand native didn't get any special vibes when he worked out for the Sixers brass.

"It was just like another workout," Adams said. "All of [the teams] did the same thing."

Minnesota, Portland (10th), Oklahoma City (12th), Boston (16th), and Atlanta (17th and 18th) also appear to be interested in Adams, according to various reports.

Another option for the Sixers might be Lehigh guard C.J. McCollum. There's a possibility he could slip to the Sixers if Detroit (eighth) doesn't take him.

McCollum said that he would welcome the opportunity to play in Philadelphia and that he would bring instant offense to the team.

"One of the special things about me is that I have an ability to score, and I can make shots," McCollum said. "A lot of guys can take shots in college. But they can't make shots at a high clip, and they are not efficient.

"I'm a very efficient player."

Davis in town. The Sixers worked out former Southern Mississippi guard Dwayne Davis on Wednesday. The 6-5 senior averaged 16 points while shooting 41 percent on three-pointers in his lone season of college basketball. He was a standout at Strawberry Mansion High in North Philadelphia.


NBA Draft

Thursday, 7 p.m. at ABC Times Square Studio, New York. TV: ESPN.

First Round

1. Cleveland

2. Orlando

3. Washington

4. Charlotte

5. Phoenix

6. New Orleans

7. Sacramento

8. Detroit

9. Minnesota

10. Portland

11. 76ERS

12. Oklahoma City (from Toronto via Houston)

13. Dallas

14. Utah

15. Milwaukee

16. Boston

17. Atlanta

18. Atlanta (from Houston via Brooklyn)

19. Cleveland (from L.A. Lakers)

20. Chicago

21. Utah (from Golden State via Brooklyn)

22. Brooklyn

23. Indiana

24. New York

25. L.A. Clippers

26. Minnesota (from Memphis via Houston)

27. Denver

28. San Antonio

29. Oklahoma City

30. Phoenix (from Miami via L.A. Lakers and Cleveland)

Second Round

35. 76ERS (from New Orleans)

42. 76ERS


Contact Keith Pompey at kpompey@phillynews.com. Follow on Twitter @PompeyOnSixers.

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