06/27/13 8:10 am EST
With the 2013 NBA Draft now just hours away, the outcome of the lottery is still a complete mystery. There doesn’ even appear to be a consensus #1 pick at this late stage. Unfortunately for Philadunkia nation, Sam Hinkie and company are going to be left picking up the scraps of the lottery at No. 11.
Earlier this week, we spoke with Cody Zeller (pic at left) who was expected to be available when the Sixers are on the clock. But now, several respected members of the media and Zeller himself are have hinted that the former Hoosier might not even be available at No. 11.
“I don’t know if I will be available at No. 11,” Zeller said during Wednesday’s pre-Draft news conference. “We will see.”
If Zeller does go before the Sixers’ pick and Hinkie wants to draft big, Pittsburgh center Steven Adams will probably be the best available big guy. Adams has skyrocketed up draft boards since the his strong performance at the NBA Draft Combine back in mid-May.
Adams worked out for the Sixers alongside Colton Iverson, Alex Oriakhi, Mouhammadou Jaiteh and Jamelle Hagins on June 5. He thinks the workout went well.
“It was a pretty good workout,” Adams said at the pre-Draft news conference. “
Adams displayed a relaxed, happy-go-lucky demeanor and was very personable. While some may consider his goofy humor as immature, his charisma could be valued on a team that definitely lacked energy at times during the end of last season. The big man from New Zealand also said that the Sixers’ coaching vacancy doesn’t quite sit well with him.
“To a degree [that bothers me], but I’m still new to the NBA and I wouldn’t know any different,” Adams said with quizzical expression. “It should probably be fine. That’s probably just something you’ve got to get used to in the NBA.”
If the Sixers decide to go small, the best option for their team would most likely be C.J. McCollum. The Lehigh grad has the shooting stroke and playmaking ability to fit in alongside Jrue Holiday in the starting lineup while also playing some backup point. How would he feel playing alongside Jrue Holiday?
“I’d be completely fine with it, it would be a great situation” McCollum said at the pre-Draft news conference. “Obviously I handled the ball a lot in college, but things change when you get to the NBA. You’re in a situation where guys are making more money than you, guys are more established than you and it’s somebody else’s team. Obviously the Sixers are close to where I was at in college and Jrue Holiday is a great player. At the same time, they do need a scorer and I can come in and do that right now.”
McCollum was also one of the few guys that the Sixers brought in as a private workout.
“It went pretty well,” McCollum said. “It was a pretty solid workout and I think I made a great impression being it was an individual session.”
Tune in at 7 p.m. to see what the Sixers do during the 2013 NBA Draft. Whatever happens, Sam Hinkie will make his first move as the GM of this franchise by the end of the night.
Jake Fischer is a scribe for Philadunki and you can follow him on Twitter @JakeLFischer.
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