The Philadelphia 76ers are suddenly the most intriguing team in the 2014 NBA Draft. Yes, the Cleveland Cavaliers hold the number one overall pick when the process opens next Thursday, but in the aftermath of the Joel Embiid injury, Philadelphia is the team that will likely have their backs to the wall with both Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker off the board. Now, it appears that the Sixers have broadened their focus with a workout that includes Marcus Smart and Dante Exum, and in addition to that, Philadelphia is reportedly considering Arizona forward Aaron Gordon.
Marcus Smart headed from Lakers to visit Philadelphia, which has No. 3 pick. 76ers now also interested in talking to Aaron Gordon. #Embiid
— KEVIN DING (@KevinDing) June 20, 2014
Kevin Ding of Bleacher Report brings the news that Gordon has entered the mix, and it should not be a surprise at this point. Absolutely no one doubts the physical specimen that the 6-foot-9 forward is at this stage, and that type of athleticism brings upside. Currently, ESPN’s Chad Ford is projecting Gordon to land with the Boston Celtics with the sixth pick, while Draft Express is pegging him for Philadelphia’s second pick at the tenth selection.
In the majority of scenarios, Aaron Gordon would be long gone by the time Philadelphia comes back around with their second selection, though, and this appears to be a mention of him potentially skyrocketing into the top three. The Sixers have built an incredibly athletic and flexible roster to this point, and if that is the plan for Sam Hinkie and company, Gordon would fit the mold.