In an unsurprising development, the Philadelphia 76ers frontcourt struggled mightily at times during Andrew Bynum's lost season. The question is, with that particular glaring weakness in mind, should Sam Hinkie specifically target a big man with the eleventh pick? Not necessarily. The Sixers currently have a grand total of two players on the roster, Jrue Holiday and Thaddeus Young, who are thought of as surefire contributors on a contending team. That's not enough. What the Sixers have more than anything is a talent deficit, which badly needs an upgrade. When the Sixers are finally on the clock, if the best player left on Hinkie's draft board happens to be a point guard -- the same position that Holiday, the current face of the franchise happens to play-- he should select that player. Could Michael Carter-Williams or Dennis Schroeder, two lead guards who very well could be available at number 11, end up as the Sixers' first round pick? Draft Express, an excellent resource for anyone even remotely interested in the NBA Draft, currently ranks Carter-Williams as the 12th-best prospect overall and Schroeder 13th. Invoking the great Lloyd Christmas, I'm telling you there's a chance. These are two players that come from very different basketball backgrounds. While Carter-Williams was playing for American basketball fans on national television twice a week, Schroeder was putting together an extremely impressive season in Germany's highest professional basketball league Michael Carter-Williams, 6'6" guard, Syracuse Carter-Williams seems like one of the most objectively interesting players in this year's draft class. Calling the sophomore guard from Rhode Island a boom-or-bust pick is probably too simplistic, but it's certainly fair to say Carter-Williams' career could head in a few different directions. First and foremost, Carter-Williams utilized his excellent size for the point guard position to positively impact the game during his short stint at Syracuse. He can see over the defense and complete pinpoint passes that many other point guards won't even attempt. He possess the ability to penetrate into the paint with a quick first step. He can shoot passing lanes and create havoc on defense. In what is a description usually reserved for centers, Michael Carter-Williams plays big. Of course, there's a reason why he's only projected to go in the back-end of the lottery despite such an impressive physical skill-set: Carter-Williams is an extremely inefficient scorer. According to DX, "His 49% True Shooting Percentage ranks 73rd out of the 75 college prospects who likely have a realistic chance of being drafted this June." Basically, when deciding whether to draft Carter-Williams or not, a team is considering one question above all: Will he learn how to shoot? Despite possessing solid form, Carter-Williams is a very poor shooter. Many of his college misses were frankly very ugly. As a rookie, he could possibly challenge Jeremy Lin for the league lead in "Oh my, that shot is going to be three feet off" remarks. Carter-Williams' defensive potential is high, but all of his work on that end of the floor was done in Syracuse's vaunted zone, which of course makes an individual's defense harder to evaluate. How will he fare in a man-to-man system and without an extremely long backline behind him?
76ers Draft Preview: Michael Carter-Williams and Dennis Schroeder
Liberty Ballers | Jun 19