While other teams have been walking their draft prospects down media embroidered red carpets into practice facilities before workouts, the 76ers have been doing everything in their power to keep these workouts a secret. Even so, the team is now even making efforts to reschedule certain players’ workouts in order to through off the media.
One of those players happens to Trevor Mbakwe, a 6-8 senior forward out of Minnesota. Mbakwe was originally supposed to workout for the Sixers on Saturday, in a big man group workout, but team swapped that workout with a group of guards that were originally scheduled for Friday.
After that was all said it done, the Sixers worked out Mbakwe, 7-0 USC redshirt junior Dewayne Dedmon, 7-0 Akron senior center Zeke Marshall and 6-10 Miaimi senior forward Kenny Kadji. Interestingly enough, Dedmon, Kadji and Mbakwe are all among the oldest players in the entire draft class.
The Friday workout came just a day after an NBA Scout unaffiliated with the Sixers organization told Fischer that the Sixers are expected to draft big at No. 42.
With that in mind, several around the league also expect the Sixers to look for a guard at No. 35. Coincidentally, the team brought a group of guards in for a workout on Saturday morning, according to another source.
Amongst the potential backcourt mates for Jrue Holiday were Virginia Tech guard Erick Green, Arkansas guard B.J. Young, Minnesota swingman Rodney Williams and N.C. State guard Lorenzo Brown, who pulled his hamstring during the workout. These guards could all be in play when the Sixers are on the clock at No. 35.
Stay tuned to see how it all turns out on Thursday.