Sixers head to NBA scouting combine

North Carolina forward John Henson could be an option for the Sixers with the 15th pick. (AP Photo / Jeff Roberson)

Sixers president Rod Thorn and coach Doug Collins are leading a small delegation of front office types in Chicago for the NBA Draft Combine, which officially begins Thursday.

The Sixers have the 15th pick in the first round and Nos. 45 and 54 in Round 2.

The target area for the Sixers would seem to be in the middle as a big, strong athletic player in the paint appears to be first on their wish list, followed closely behind by a long wing who can shoot the ball. If the team does indeed lose Elton Brand via amnesty, perhaps the one of those areas can be addressed via free agency.

"With the 15th, 45th and 54th picks we're looking at the overall talent but we're also lookinkg at the specifics," Thorn said Wednesday from Chicago. "At 15 we've picked out 10 guys or so who may or may not be there. The great thing about being here is that somebody can really jump out that you weren't thinking of as highly. We've got to observe. We have 18 interviews scheduled (Wednesday through Friday) with players we have some interest in. Of all the things that are done in the postseason, this is where you get the most information and feel for the people you're interested in."

Some of the big men the Sixers could be looking at for the 15th pick may include North Carolina's John Henson, Mississippi State's Arnett Moultrie, Ohio State's Jared Sullinger, North Carolina's Tyler Zeller, Illinois' Meyers Leonard and Baylor's Perry Jones.

More in Thursday's Daily News.