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NBA Mock Draft Recap: With the draft closing, who are the Sixers projected to pick?

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Since our mock draft roundup last week, the Rockets have acquired the 26th pick and the Nuggets added the 30th.

The Sixers still have No. 23, though no one would be surprised if they got rid of that pick. (after doing it). Here’s an overview of the recent drills ahead of the actual event on Thursday night in Brooklyn:

Kevin O’Connor, The Doorbell

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Blake WesleyNotre Dame

O’Connor: “The Sixers are exploring trades involving this pick and Danny Green, according to sources. … If they do end up trading the pick, I imagine a raw, high-potential player like Wesley would have huge appeal. If the Sixers keep him, taking a swing could be worth it, as they won’t get a first again until 2024 after the Nets deferred this year’s pick to take the 2023 Philly pick instead. That’s a bet the Sixers will be worse.”

Jeff Goodman, Stadium

Blake WesleyNotre Dame

Good man: The product of South Bend appeared on the scene out of nowhere this season. Wesley didn’t shoot well from deep, but he did everything else. He is a strong, athletic forward with good size who can put it on the floor, get to the basket and also shoot up from midrange.”

Wesley is like G League Ignite’s Jaden Hardy in that he’s a teenage guard with intriguing changes of pace and scoring talent who was ineffective in his only post-high school season. Wesley’s shot will require work; his jump shot is a little crooked and he leans to the left, and his free throw percentage was 65.7 below average. He would be a development pick.

Kyle Irving, Sports News

Kennedy Chandler, Tennessee

Irving: “The 76ers were severely lacking plays and scoring off the bench behind James Harden and Tyrese Maxey. Chandler could fill both holes as a lightning-quick shooting guard, aggressive as a scorer and decisive as a playmaker. As his freshman season progressed, he also began knocking down 3-pointers more consistently. Add to that that he’s an annoying defender on the ball and Chandler has all the makings of a solid backup point guard behind Philadelphia’s starting backcourt.”

When the Sixers had 6-foot-10 Ben Simmons, it was easier to imagine the team working around the defensive challenges of playing a small prospect guard. Although Chandler appears to have potential as a disruptive and irritating defender, it’s tough to earn postseason minutes as a 6-foot, 172-pound player.

Ricky O’Donnell, SB Nation

Most Likely Pick: Nikola Jovic, Mega Mozzart

Best Pick: Ochai Agbaji

O’Donnell on why Jovic is the most likely pick on the board: “There have been rumors that Philly might buy this pick as a sweetener in a veterans relief deal, which makes sense. If they keep the pick, adding an offensive talent like Jovic would be a great addition to the frontcourt in the long run. Jovic is a 6’11 Serbian striker who is comfortable playing on the perimeter with a plethora of goal tricks. His defense is going to be an eyesore for the first part of his career, but shooting and ball handling at that size should translate.”

O’Donnell on why Agbaji is the top pick on the board: “Agbaji is likely long gone with this pick, but his 3 and D skill set could be a good replacement for Danny Green after he tore his ACL.”

NBC Sports Philadelphia’s Brian Brennan broke down Jovic’s game here. Maybe the 22-year-old Agbaji will slip a bit, but No. 23 would be a surprising drop. Villanova fans will remember that Agbaji made 6 of 7 3-pointers against the Wildcats in the Final Four.

David Cobb, CBS Sports

Jalen Williams, Santa Clara

Cobb: “Williams’ statistical profile from his junior season at Santa Clara stands out, as he averaged 18 points on 39.6% shooting from 3 points and 55.1% shooting from 2 points, in addition to sharing 4 .2 assists per game. How he will transfer to the NBA after playing in the WCC for a team not named Gonzaga is a fair question. But at this point in the draft, it’s worth a shot.”

Williams was invited to the green room in the draft. While that doesn’t guarantee anything, it does suggest that shining through the pre-draft process has given him a good shot at getting picked as a teenager.

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