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Sixers to host Oklahoma guard Austin Reaves for a pre-draft workout

Sixers Wire 20 July, 2021 - 05:00pm

The 2021 NBA draft is approaching rather quickly; July 29 is right around the corner, and teams are getting a close look at potential prospects.

The Philadelphia 76ers have two picks in the draft, Nos. 28 and 50, and they have some solid options at both selections. The needs for Philadelphia are always the same: shooting and shot creation.

A league source told Sixers Wire the team will bring in Oklahoma guard Austin Reaves for a workout. The 6-foot-5 guard averaged 18.3 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4.6 assists for the Sooners in the 2020-21 season on his way to being named to the All-Big 12 first team. For his college career, he shot 34.7% from deep, so he has an ability to shoot as well as putting the ball on the floor and creating his own look.

In two games in the NCAA Tournament, Reaves averaged 25.0 points and shot 51.5% from the floor. He scored 27 points on 11-for-17 shooting against Gonzaga in the Round of 32.

According to a league source, Austin Reaves is working out for the Sixers this week. Reaves was First Team All-Big 12 this season and led the Oklahoma Sooners in points, rebounds, and assists. #Sixers

— Ky Carlin (@Ky_Carlin) July 19, 2021

With the Sixers bringing in prospects for pre-draft workouts, they have a few ideas of who they can turn to with the selection in the second round. By bringing in Reaves, it’s clear president Daryl Morey knows what he would like to add in this draft: guys who fit around his star duo of Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid moving forward.

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Sixers draft in review: Jahlil Okafor selected No. 3 overall in 2015

Sixers Wire 20 July, 2021 - 05:00pm

As the Philadelphia 76ers continue their draft preparation ahead of the 2021 NBA draft on July 29, we look back on past drafts as we lead up to this one from Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

As we continue our look back at previous drafts, the Sixers entered the 2015 NBA draft with a tough decision to make. Nobody knew the status of their top pick in 2014, Joel Embiid, who had missed the entire season with a foot injury and they did not know what they would get out of the big man just yet.

So they went with another big man with the No. 3 overall selection in the form of Jahlil Okafor out of Duke. He had just wrapped up a phenomenal freshman season with the Blue Devils averaging 17.3 points and 8.5 rebounds and in his first season with the Sixers, he averaged 17.5 points and 7.0 rebounds as Embiid missed the entire season again due to a foot injury.

When Embiid finally took the floor in the 2016-17 season, he showed no ill effects from the injuries and he pushed Okafor out of the rotation due to his stellar play. Okafor averaged 11.8 points in the season and he was then flipped to the Brooklyn Nets early in the 2017-18 season.

Okafor now plays for the Detroit Pistons as a backup big man after spending two seasons with the New Orleans Pelicans. He averaged 5.4 points and 2.4 rebounds while playing only 27 games due to a meniscus injury in the 2020-21 season for Detroit.

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