The Sixers hold the third overall pick in the June 25 NBA Draft, and with most projecting Karl-Anthony Towns and Jahlil Okafor to go (in some order) with the first two picks, just about every mock draft you can find has D’Angelo Russell penciled in at No. 3.
Russell cancelled a recent workout with Philadelphia, and though the reported reason was illness, it caused some to speculate whether or not he may know something in terms of possibly being selected with one of those first two picks.
As it turned out, that wasn’t the case. Russell rescheduled his workout, and reportedly was very impressed with himself once the meeting in Philadelphia was finished.
Russell arrived on Tuesday afternoon and had dinner with general manager Sam Hinkie. Then he spent Wednesday at the Sixers’ practice facility at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. The point guard worked out for the team and had a lengthy meeting with coach Brett Brown. …
“He said he killed it,” the source said of the workout. “He was talking about how excited he was about Philly.” …
Russell’s workout came one day after the Sixers worked out point guard Emmanuel Mudiay. Although the team was impressed with Mudiay, the Sixers would love to draft Russell if he’s still available at pick No. 3.
The Sixers are loaded with bigs, although a recent setback with Joel Embiid could make going with someone like Kristaps Porzingis a reasonable option.
But after bailing on a reigning Rookie of the Year in Michael Carter-Williams at the trade deadline, the Sixers do need to find their point guard of the future. By most accounts, and following a stellar pre-draft workout, Russell could very well be their guy.