ESPN's Fran Fraschilla Breaks Down Several Potential Draft Targets For The Sixers Ahead Of Thursday Night's NBA Draft
6/25/2013 12:50:00 PM
ESPN College Basketball Analyst and former Manhattan, Saint John's and New Mexico coach Fran Fraschilla joined Tony Bruno and Harry Mayes on Tuesday morning to break down some potential targets for the Sixers in the NBA Draft that will be held in Brooklyn on Thursday night.
Fraschilla hinted at the outset of the interview that a foreign-based player might be on the Sixers’ radar.
“I want to see if your pronunciations are up to par because I think there’s a good chance the Sixers may take, may take an international guy,” Fraschilla said.
“You’ve gotta evaluate these guys in a vacuum in a sense that what this guys does – whether he played at Weber State or whether he plays in Russia – how does that translate for my team and the league and the athleticism and the skill level.”
Sergey Karasev – SF – Russia
“…a 6-foot-7 shooter with a really good feel for the game. Not a great athlete by NBA standards but really knows how to play. Already, in some ways, a proven commodity because he averaged 18 points per game this year in the Russian league and if you translate that, honestly, to college basketball that’s like averaging 25 a game if he played a Villanova or Duke.”
Dennis Schroeder – PG – Germany
“…6-foot-2 with a 6-foot-8 wingspan; an NBA style athlete…”
Lucas Nogueira – C – Brazil
“…a 7-footer with a 7-foot-5, 7-foot-6 wingspan. I would say he’s a JaVale Mcgee type but he’s not as far out in left field as JaVale McGee is but he’s that type of freaky, rubber-band man type of athlete. He’s very weak right now at least by the standards of playing that position in the [NBA]. … I don’t think he’s an instant impact guy for anybody in this league. He’s just not strong enough.”
As experts continue to mock the draft the names that seem to be associated with the Sixers the most are Kelly Olynyk, Cody Zeller and Steven Adams. Fraschilla ranked them and gave a brief rundown of what Sixers fans would be able to expect from them.
Kelly Olynyk – C – Gonzaga
“…the guy who plays right away soonest but he may have the least ceiling of the three. He’s got translatable things that he does right now that helps the team. He can put the ball in the basket both around the rim and away from the basket.”
Cody Zeller – C – Indiana
“…the best marriage of upside with athleticism and skill level.”
Steven Adams – C – Pitt
“…you’re just taking a chance. The highest risk, highest rewards of those three guys.”
Who do you want the Sixers to take with the 11th pick on Thursday night?