Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Sixers stand pat, get center and forward in draft

No trades could be pulled, so the Sixers got center Nikola Vucevic at No. 16 and local product Lavoy Allen at No. 50.

Sixers stand pat, get center and forward in draft

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On a day when many thought a major trade would be made - by the Sixers, not the Flyers - the basketball team was much less active than the hockey team.

The Sixers didn't make a much talked about move to unload Andre Iguodala and kept the 16th pick, taking 7-foot, 260-pound center Nikola Vucevic out of Southern Cal.

Vucevic averaged 17.1 points and 10.3 rebounds this past season for the Trojans, and fills a need the Sixers were looking to bolster.

With the 50th pick they chose Temple product Lavoy Allen, also a Pennsbury High product.

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General manager Ed Stefanski said the team had targeted the center early in the draft and had considered moving up when they thought Vucevic wouldn't fall to them at 16. But he did and they took him.

Vucevic possesses a soft outside touch, able to score consistently from as far out as 20 feet. He also can score inside, able to finish with either hand, and is a very good foul shooter.

Stefanski said he doesn't see Vucevic stepping in to a whole lot of minutes this season, instead finding some time in a rotation that will probably consist of sharing minutes with Spencer Hawes.

Allen, who is the all-time leading rebounder at Temple, participated in two workouts for the Sixers before the draft.

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Bob Cooney has been at the Daily News for more than 20 years, working in the sports department for the past 15. This is his third season on the Sixers beat. He has covered just about everything, but mostly college basketball, where he was the La Salle beat writer for six seasons. E-mail Bob at cooneyb@phillynews.com and follow him on Twitter.

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