2015 NBA Mock Draft: Philadelphia 76ers Select D'Angelo Russell
Philadelphia 76ers Draft D'Angelo Russell
May 20, 2015
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The Philadelphia 76ers ended up with the third overall pick in the 2015 NBA draft, giving this struggling franchise yet another chance to climb their way out of the basement. The 76ers need stability after changing coaches every other year and making the playoffs just twice since 2009.
One major step the 76ers can take is by selecting D'Angelo Russell out of Ohio State.
Russell is one of my favorite players in this draft class, as he’s instant offense and has supreme confidence for somebody who just turned 19 years old. Russell is not only a player who can take over offensively, but he sees the floor extremely well and usually makes the right basketball play. Russell is NBA-ready and there’s little doubt in my mind that he’ll be an All Star within his first few years in the league.
This kid is extremely talented and for the first time in a long time, Philadelphia basketball fans will have a reason to smile.
It’s fair to question what the 76ers are doing, as they’ve been stockpiling draft picks and then have traded away some decent talent. The 76ers have also spent recent draft picks on injured players in Joel Embiid and Nerlens Noel. But not even this organization can mess up this decision.
The 76ers need a floor general, somebody who can spread the floor, create offense and also help set teammates up for open looks. Russell is that guy.
The 76ers have lots of holes to fill, but none are bigger than point guard when you consider they were rolling with Ish Smith and Isaiah Canaan last season. Russell would instantly be the starter for this young team and would give Philly a respectable starting lineup that hopefully would include a healthy Noel and Embiid.
The 76ers have won no more than 35 games the last four years, but every 76ers’ fan will be able to forget those struggles when they draft Russell.
There’s still a lot of work to do, but the freshman from OSU would give this team a much-needed playmaker and somebody who would change the culture and the feel of this team.