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Sixers Talk Podcast: #RunItBack? Which draft prospects should the Sixers target?

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Sixers Talk Podcast: #RunItBack? Which draft prospects should the Sixers target?

On this episode of Sixers Talk, Paul Hudrick and Amy Fadool discuss if the Sixers should bring everybody back after seeing the Raptors' postseason success. #RunItBack?

We unleash some mock drafts. Which prospects should the Sixers be focusing on? Is No. 24 too high for former Purdue star Carsen Edwards?

Also, is Villanova product Eric Paschall a viable second-round option?

1:00 - Does the Raptors' success in the postseason mean the Sixers should bring everybody back?
7:30 - Amy's "Sixers Only" mock draft. Who will they draft in Round 1?
13:00 - If the Sixers were to keep all four second-round picks, here are some players to keep an eye on.
26:30 - Is it a reach to draft Carsen Edwards at 24?
32:30 - Should the Sixers target Eric Pachall in the second round?

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2019 NBA draft profile: Sharpshooter Tyler Herro could give the Sixers a huge boost at No. 24

2019 NBA draft profile: Sharpshooter Tyler Herro could give the Sixers a huge boost at No. 24

Position: Shooting guard

Height: 6-6

Weight: 192

School: Kentucky 

A three-point specialist can be labeled as a one-trick pony, but Tyler Herro is much more than that. His rising draft stock demonstrates the surprising diversity to his game.

Herro was a heralded recruit out of high school, showing up on the elite college radar after the high school summer camp circuit. He was always known as a scorer, but he’s proven to be more athletic and a better defender than he was given credit for when he first arrived at Kentucky.

Strengths

Hunter. That’s how I would first describe Herro’s game. No, I’m not talking about the outdoor sportsman or a bargain shopper. Herro is a hunter for his shot. He knows what works for him so well, that even at 19 years of age, he works tirelessly to get to his spot on the court and knock down his jumper. Watch a game and watch how much he runs; you’ll notice a striking resemblance to what it looks like to watch JJ Redick on the court for the Sixers. Herro may run a couple miles in a game, creating space and coming off screens. 

His shooting mechanics are textbook and his stroke is pure. Because of his youth, he can be a little inconsistent with his long-range shot at times, but as we saw in his lone season at Kentucky, that only improved. He is skilled at the three-point shot as well as at the mid-range jumper. 

The “3-and-D” phrase is perhaps thrown around too liberally at times, but it may end up applying to Herro. Look no further than the Wofford-Kentucky second-round NCAA Tournament game. Fletcher Magee came in as the nation’s leading three-point shooter at 151 makes last season and 509 in his career. Herro was tasked with defending Magee, who was coming off a win over Seton Hall in which he buried seven threes. In the loss to Kentucky, Magee made zero perimeter shots — 0 for 12. I’m not saying it was all Herro, but he was on him all game and it definitely affected Magee. 

Weaknesses

The first thing that jumps out about Herro is his size. His 6-foot-6, 192-pound frame isn’t the ideal NBA body. While he’s adept at coming off screens to shoot, he often hurries to set his feet and that accounts for some of his inconsistent numbers from the perimeter. He’s not a great passer and couple that with a loose handle, he is susceptible to turnovers and having the ball stolen. He’s more athletic than at first glance, but he doesn’t have the NBA speed that will allow him to consistently keep up with quicker guards. 

Fit

One of the bigger issues the Sixers faced, especially in the playoffs, was the lack of a long-range threat outside of Redick. In an ideal world, they re-sign Redick, Jimmy Butler and Tobias Harris. But that’s not necessarily reality, and even if they do, having a reliable, young perimeter shooter will provide dividends for years to come. 

Herro’s stock is rising after pre-draft workouts and a pro day, so he may not be around at 24 when the Sixers pick. But if he is, they should consider the greater need they’d fill for seasons to come.

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Sixers managing partner Josh Harris discusses LeBron James meeting, general manager search and more

Sixers managing partner Josh Harris discusses LeBron James meeting, general manager search and more

“It’s been really insane.”

Those were the first words Sixers managing partner Josh Harris used Wednesday to describe the team’s offseason. It’s hard to disagree with him.

Speaking Wednesday with NBC Sports Philadelphia’s Amy Fadool, Harris discussed why he’s encouraged by the team's getting a meeting with LeBron James’ representatives, what he’s looking for in his next general manager, and more.

On the significance of the Sixers being the only team James’ representatives met with besides the Lakers
“It’s a big deal. LeBron obviously carries a lot of weight and certainly people were pretty focused on the Sixers anyway and the strength of our program, but certainly it underscores that. Other potential free agents, trade partners, they notice. Obviously re-signing JJ [Redick] and Amir [Johnson] and adding Wilson [Chandler] and [Nemanja] Bjelica allowed us to strengthen our team. So I think we’re going to get better next year, certainly in the regular season and then advance further in the playoffs. We’re one of the three teams in the East — Toronto, Boston and us, certainly with LeBron going to the West. We’re going to be here for a long time and we’re focused on winning a championship for the city, like we’ve been saying.”

While James didn’t actually personally talk with the Sixers, you can understand why Harris would tout the meeting as a success for the organization despite James signing with the Lakers. His comment about the Sixers' being “one of the three teams in the East” is also interesting — the Bucks, Pacers and Wizards might have something to say about that. But there’s no denying that, with James in Los Angeles, the Sixers have a legitimate chance at an Eastern Conference title. 

On the experience of being in a meeting for a high-profile free agent like James
“It was great, it was exciting. We’re focused on it going forward; next year we have a lot of cap space. Philly is a great free-agent destination right now with our two young stars, Ben [Simmons] and Joel [Embiid], Markelle [Fultz] hopefully our third star — we’ll see  — Dario [Saric], [Robert] Covington, JJ Redick and the culture that Brett Brown’s built, the new gym in Camden, Philly is a great city. And people are focused on where we are. There’s a bunch of free agents next year. Clearly we have the trade market we’re working on. I think that we’re going to have a lot of opportunities and keep focusing on how to make our team better.”

Harris is correct that there will be plenty of free agents on the market next year, including Klay Thompson, Jimmy Butler and Kevin Love. And with the contracts of Redick, Johnson, Chandler and Blejica all up after this season, the Sixers will have plenty of cap space next offseason as things stand. Of course, as Harris says, their current focus is on "the trade market" and the big name that reportedly remains available, Kawhi Leonard.

On the search for the Sixers’ next general manager
“We’re just getting focused on it now, given everything with free agency and the draft, and also the other GMs are in the same place. We’re looking for the right person. One of the things that [former president of basketball operations] Bryan Colangelo did really well was, we built a great staff, whether it be [vice president of basketball operations and chief of staff] Ned Cohen or [vice president of analytics and strategy] Alex Rucker or [vice president of player personnel] Marc Eversley or [Delaware Blue Coats general manger] Elton Brand, we have a lot of great people. It’s very consensus-oriented, there’s a lot of people in the dialogue, and we want to make sure we find the right fit for that. It’s not going to be easy. My guess is it’s going to take awhile. And we’re obviously focused on doing it as quickly as possible, but at the same time I don’t want to set unrealistic expectations — it could take a little while. So we’re just starting that.”

Harris clearly hasn’t had a great sense of urgency in finding a new general manager, and it continues to sound like he isn’t in a hurry. The timing of the Colangelo scandal couldn’t have been much worse for the Sixers. Rushing to hire someone before the start of the draft or free agency would probably not have been a smart move, especially given how much Harris and the Sixers value the team element of front-office decision-making. 

Monday, The Inquirer’s Keith Pompey reported that Harris would prefer to hire someone with previous GM experience. In those comments, Harris also used the phrase “consensus-oriented,” as he did Wednesday, so it appears that finding a candidate who can work well as part of a group is definitely a priority.

But the bottom line is, as trade talks with the Spurs reportedly continue for Leonard, Brett Brown is still the man in charge.

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