2011 NBA Draft Grades: Consensus On Sixers Pick Is "Ok"

With their first pick in the 2011 NBA draft the Sixers took seven footer Nikola Vucevic from USC

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2011 NBA Draft: Sixers Take Temple Product Lavoy Allen In Second Round

Lavoy Allen won’t have to move very far for his first post college job. The former Temple star is now a 76er. The Sixers picked the 6-9, 225 power forward with the 50th overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft.

The pick will likely be lauded by the many Temple fans in Philly, but could a bit of a head scratcher for the non-Owls contingent. Allen absolutely has talented, but many draftniks were projecting him to go undrafted. While it’s always hard to say how accurate those projections are, you certainly don’t want to be spending a draft pick on a guy you could have had for nothing.

That said, there are certainly things to like about Allen. He’s got good size and strength at 6-9, 225. He’s also shown the ability to be a very good rebounder and can be a plus defender. However, as I’m sure many Owls fans will attest, there were many times when he seemed to disappear. A guy with Allen’s ability and size should have been a lot more dominant than he was in the Atlantic 10.

He’ll make for a lot of nice stories as a local kid who went to a local college and no gets to play for a local team. He’s already got a built in local fanbase among Temple fans. He also does truly have the talent to be a rotational player in the NBA… but there will certainly be a lot of people who question the need to actually spend a draft pick on him and the biggest issue with him is usually not one that guys fix in the NBA. Players generally don’t often become more committed and more tenacious when they move into the pros.

Of course, you could also argue that this is a late pick in a very weak draft. So the Sixers take a local kid with some upside? It’s not like they really passed on much.

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2011 NBA Draft: Sixers Select USC Center Nikola Vucevic

The Sixers came into this draft looking for size and that’s exactly what they got in seven footer Nikola Vucevic from USC. The 20 year old from Montenegro is seven feet tall, 260 pounds with a big 7-5 wingspan. This is a straight up need pick for the Sixers and Vucevic is a guy that should step in the rotation at center right away.

He doesn’t seem like a guy the projects as an offensive or defensive star, but can be solid on both ends of the court. He has a decent post game and has displayed a jump shot that stretches all the way to the three point line. He was also a solid rebounder at USC, which is a skill that projects well to the NBA.

As for the negatives, he doesn’t seem like a great athelete. He’s not a guy that’s super fast or is a big leaper, but at seven feet tall he really doesn’t have to be. He’s one of the few true centers in this draft, a good value at #16 and fills a clear area of need for the Sixers. No one will probably call this a home run pick, but it’s solid.

It's been known that the Sixers liked Vucevic, in fact in his latest update on the player, ESPN's Chad Ford said that he was likely to go to the SIxers at #16. So it seems like the Sixers got their guy.

Vucevic continues to impress NBA teams with some excellent workouts, including a standout session with the San Antonio Spurs. It sounds as if Vucevic is seriously in the picture as early at the 16th pick to Philadelphia, and he probably won't slide past the Spurs.

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2011 NBA Draft: Sixers Select USC Center Nikola Vucevic

The Sixers came into this draft looking for size and that’s exactly what they got in seven footer Nikola Vucevic from USC. The 20 year old from Montenegro is seven feet tall, 260 pounds with a big 7-5 wingspan. This is a straight up need pick for the Sixers and Vucevic is a guy that should step in the rotation at center right away.

He doesn’t seem like a guy the projects as an offensive or defensive star, but can be solid on both ends of the court. He has a decent post game and has displayed a jump shot that stretches all the way to the three point line. He was also a solid rebounder at USC, which is a skill that projects well to the NBA.

As for the negatives, he doesn’t seem like a great athelete. He’s not a guy that’s super fast or is a big leaper, but at seven feet tall he really doesn’t have to be. He’s one of the few true centers in this draft, a good value at #16 and fills a clear area of need for the Sixers. No one will probably call this a home run pick, but it’s solid.

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2011 NBA Mock Draft: Chad Ford Projects Markieff Morris To 76ers

Chad Ford has the Philadelphia 76ers taking Philly native Markieff Morris with the 16th pick in the upcoming NBA Draft. Ford recently attended a workout with he and his brother Marcus and came away very impressed.

For starters, I was floored by their ability to shoot the NBA 3. Typically, that’s a major adjustment for draft prospects and, at this early stage, even good shooters are throwing up bricks as they adjust to the difference. But both Morris twins are stroking the ball effortlessly from the big boys’ line. A combination of strength and picture-perfect shooting form gives them a great advantage in making the transition.

For a 6-10 power forward, an outside game can make for a pretty nasty package. Addi in Markieff’s size and toughness and he might be a perfect fit what the Sixers are looking for. Ford says that his brother Marcus is the more athletic of the two and could do well in the NBA as a 3/4 swingman, but Markieff is the superior defender, rebounder and all around post player. He’s also about an inch taller than his brother.

The question is whether he might be there for the Sixers at #16. Ford projects him to come off that board anywhere from #7 to #17.

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