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Sixers looking to add big man in draft

Posted on: May 23, 2011 2:48 pm
Sixers have tageted bigs in 2011 NBA draft.

Posted by Matt Moore

The Sixers made the playoffs this season, which was a big step forward. They didn't even really need the No.2 overall pick Evan Turner, but Turner showed some potential in the Sixers' one-and-out playoff stay. But with Elton Brand unlikely to keep up his career recovery, flashback performance, the Sixers are looking to the future. They know they need a go-to scorer, and Andre Iguodala isn't it. But first and foremost, the Sixers need a big man. And the Philadelphia Daily News notes that's exactly what they're looking for in the draft. 

Unless there is a move before the draft, such as Andre Iguodala being dealt and a good big man being acquired in exchange, a source close to the team said they will not be looking at anyone "under 6-8. We need a big."

That is the first priority for coach Doug Collins, president Rod Thorn and general manager Ed Stefanski. After that, other pieces will need to be upgraded and filled, most notably by someone who can score at a consistent level in the NBA.

But before that, a big seems to be tops on the agenda.
via Some players who could make a difference for Sixers | Philadelphia Daily News | 05/23/2011.

There will be options for the Sixers at 16, as the Daily News notes, Kenneth Faried being possibly the best target. But his lack of size is problematic. The other option is Keith Benson, whose measurement numbers were freakish. There has been talk that the Sixers could move up, using Iguodala as bait. But Iguodala is a complimentary player, and no team at the top of the draft is looking to add a complementary player. They'll draft the best big available. Only question is who that will be.'s Mock Drafts 4.0 go up Tuesday. 

Since: Mar 6, 2011
Posted on: May 26, 2011 8:23 pm

Sixers looking to add big man in draft

there is a difference between tapemeasure big and playing big. Benson isnt going to play to his size. He's a nice player anyway, but with less upside. He is what he is. jeremy Tyler is a real possibilty for them at 16. He's actually a bit taller than Benson and a lot stronger. Also younger. And he has more upside. Faried plays way bigger than he is.  At sixteen i doubt he is there.  The Morris brothers are, frankly, stupid. Not that you cant play stupid....but....... I would say Tristan Thompson has upside and is proabably still growing. He wont be there at 16. Tyler will, Vucevic will be.....and he has a lot to offer, though not offensively. Vucevic is really more a power foward though....but thats fine, though he has slow feet. Michael Dunigan is a guy still under the radar. He is massive, 6 10 and has huge hands. Is raw, foul prone, but has a presence inside. Is very tough and will bang for you. And will be around in the 2nd round Im guessing.

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