There have been several reports that the Philadelphia 76ers are very interested in drafting Australian point guard Dante Exum.
Last season, the 76ers wound up with two first round picks after trading former All-Star point guard Jrue Holiday, along with fellow point guard Pierre Jackson, to the New Orleans Pelicans. That allowed the 76ers to acquire former Kentucky Wildcats’ big man Nerlens Noel with that selection and later grab Michael Carter-Williams with the 11th-overall pick.
Not much was expected from either player. Noel sat out the year rehabbing the ACL he tore in February of 2013. Carter-Williams, on the other hand, had an extremely successful season and was named the NBA’s Rookie of The Year.
The speculation around Exum has grown so much lately, there are many who believe the 76ers could trade Carter-Williams.
Although ESPN’s Chad Ford originally laid out the notion the 76ers could part ways with Carter-Williams, he also believes the team could play the two together.
The Philadelphia 76ers are Exum fans as well, and if Wiggins is off the board, Exum will be in the mix. They think Exum and Carter-Williams could play together in the backcourt, although it would not be a very good shooting tandem. I think the more obvious fit comes if they trade Carter-Williams, an idea I’m told they have bounced around.
As Ford points out, neither one is much of a shooter at this time and both would probably be better served handling the ball and running the offense.
Carter-Williams averaged 16.7 points, 6.3 assists, 6.2 rebounds and 1.9 steals per game for the 76ers last season.