Who's on the menu when Sixers go for seconds?

Partizan's Bogdan Bogdanovic. (Darko Vojinovic/AP)
Partizan's Bogdan Bogdanovic. (Darko Vojinovic/AP)
Posted: June 26, 2014

THE DEBATE as to whom the 76ers should or should not take at Nos. 3 and 10 or whether they should trade to move up or down has been bantered for weeks now.

Almost as interesting are the five selections they own in the second round of Thursday's NBA draft, at Nos. 32, 39, 47, 52 and 54.

Should any glaring needs remain after their first two selections - and with this team so bereft of talent, there will be - where might they go with all those picks in the second round, provided they keep all, many, some or any?

Here are some of the players who could be on the Sixers' list in the second round.

Guards

A plethora of guards is predicted to be around when the Sixers set their eyes on Round 2, especially shooting guards. Should Washington's C.J. Wilcox or Michigan's Glenn Robinson III still be on the board, either could be scooped up. Wilcox has a silky-smooth shooting stroke and can score regularly (18.3 in college). He is seen as a very good stand-still shooter in the league, which is just what the team needs. In Robinson, the Sixers could get a player whose stock has plummeted since the beginning of the season, after shooting only 49 percent his final year. He is a very strong finisher around the basket and, at 6-6, has a typical NBA body.

The next level of shooters include Bogdan Bogdanovic and Joe Harris. The 6-6 Bogdanovic is a versatile player who had to take over at lead guard when the starter got hurt there on his Partizan Belgrade team. He possesses decent scoring instincts and can shoot the ball a little bit, though needs some work there. He has a very strong basketball IQ and could be a premier defender in the NBA because of his length. Harris, who played four seasons at Virginia, wowed everyone at the rookie combine in Chicago last month with his shooting. He was right up there in shooting with Nik Stauskas and Doug McDermott, who could be top-10 picks. He doesn't have the overall game of those two, but, at a solid 6-6 and 215 pounds, he could be a specialty player in the NBA for a long time.

Two point guards whose names have hovered around the Sixers in the second round of mock drafts are Vasilije Micic and Spencer Dinwiddie. Both are kind of unknowns, as Micic (6-6, 202) played in the Adriatic League this past season, and Dinwiddie tore his left ACL at Colorado in January. Micic is a pass-first point guard who does have a tendency to turn the ball over. He is very good at playing the pick-and-roll, always a good asset to have in the NBA. Dinwiddie (6-6, 205) is intriguing in that he really has the whole package offensively, at least he did before the injury. He can comfortably play the pick-and-roll game and is able to create his own shot, both keys in the NBA. His shooting is above average.

Forwards

The two most intriguing names who could be around for the Sixers in that second round are Florida's Patric Young and Clemson's K.J. McDaniels.

If Young doesn't make it in the NBA, he might have a future as a bodybuilder or professional wrestler. There is barely an ounce of fat on his chiseled 6-10, 250-pound body and he uses it to his advantage. He would provide a physicality the Sixers could certainly use. He played every game his 4 years as a Gator, so durability is not an issue. Not blessed with any outside game offensively, he could be a nice backup banger for coach Brett Brown.

Should the Sixers land McDaniels, they'd get someone who can run the floor very well and is an upper-echelon defender at 6-6 with a 6-11 wingspan. He is the typical athlete Brown covets.

Centers

In Mitch McGary (6-10, 263) the Sixers would be looking at another unknown, as he played only eight games his sophomore season at Michigan because of a back injury. He also tested positive for marijuana during the NCAA Tournament in March and might have had to sit out next season had he not turned pro. He basically made a name for himself with his tough play during the Wolverines' march to the 2013 championship game.

Walter Tavares is a 7-3 center from Cape Verde, who has played the game for only a few years, but has proved to be a very good shot blocker who relies on instincts as much as his size. Typically, he is raw offensively, but he is 7-3 and that alone is worth a long look.

Don't roll your eyes just yet, but if Clint Capela (6-11, 222) is plucked, thoughts of Sam Dalembert can't be far behind. Capela looks like the former Sixer and plays like him, too, with a limited offensive game, but is great athleticism and very good shot-blocking ability.


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