2018 NBA Mock Draft: Promises, promises

LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 10: Deandre Ayton
LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 10: Deandre Ayton /
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NBA Mock Draft, 76ers
BOSTON, MA – MARCH 23: Mikal Bridges /

player. 93. . G/F. Villanova. Mikal Bridges. 10

Somehow in this week’s mock draft, the Sixers end up with both of Villanova’s top prospects. I do no see that actually happening come draft night, but it just so happens that both players fill a need around the point at which Philadelphia is drafting.

Bridges would give the Sixers another option similar to the value Robert Covington already provides. However, Bridges appears to be a slightly more versatile shooter, able to hit tougher shots and create for himself consistently. He’s not a playmaker by any means, but Bridges is capable of taking a couple dribbles after catching a pass and pulling up when he finds space.

Against Boston in this year’s playoffs, Covington’s inability to do much on offense outside of spot-up jumpers made him unplayable. The Celtics played him tight and got in his space on his release, effectively taking Philadelphia’s best perimeter defender out of the series. Covington should get better, but that series might encourage the team to reinforce the position in the draft.

Bridges is falling alongside his same-named classmate Miles, according to ESPN. That doesn’t mean the Sixers should forget about him. Considering his length and mobility, he represents the most surefire 3-and-D player in the lottery.

Plus, Philadelphia is ready to compete for a championship during this draft pick’s rookie contract. Bridges will turn 21 next season and should be able to play right away.