The 76ers traded away Michael Carter-Williams and K.J. McDaniels during the 2014-2015 season. Both Carter-Williams and McDaniels were expected to be the 76ers future at the point and shooting guard until they traded Carter-Williams to the Bucks and McDaniels to the Rockets in February. The 76ers are looking to add a guard with their 3rd pick to try to rebuild their guard situation, as they are targeting Ohio State freshman guard D’Angelo Russell.
“He’s the guy they want,” the executive, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Saturday. “That’s the word around the league. You know the Sixers. They won’t come out and say it, but he’s the guy they want.”
The 76ers have used their last two lottery picks on Michael Carter-Williams and Joel Embiid. They also traded for Nerlens Noel as a part of the Jrue Holiday trade during the 2013 NBA Draft. The 76ers finished with the 3rd worst record in the league this season, giving them a 15.6% chance at the first pick.
While both Karl Anthony-Towns and Jahlil Okafor are expected to be the first two picks in the draft, it’s likely the 76ers will go with Russell if they win the lottery due to the fact they already have Nerlens Noel and Joel Embiid in their front court. Russell averaged 19.3 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 5 assists at Ohio State last college basketball season.
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