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76ers to re-brand

Deep Sixer: Even with the pre-draft workout on Saturday for Ohio State center B.J. Mullens, it is, of course, much more likely the 76ers will draft a guard in Thursday's NBA Draft.

76ers to re-brand

Eric Maynor, a guard out of Virginia Commonwealth, grins during a workout with the 76ers, June 14, 2009. The 76ers have the 17th pick in Thursday´s NBA Draft. (Akira Suwa / Staff Photographer)
Eric Maynor, a guard out of Virginia Commonwealth, grins during a workout with the 76ers, June 14, 2009. The 76ers have the 17th pick in Thursday's NBA Draft. (Akira Suwa / Staff Photographer)

Even with the pre-draft workout on Saturday for Ohio State center B.J. Mullens, it is, of course, much more likely the 76ers will draft a guard in Thursday's NBA Draft.

Here are, in our opinion, the Sixers 3 most likely picks: 

1.) Eric Maynor, VCU: When speculation first began, the front-runner was definitely North Carolina's Ty Lawson, but it seems that right now Maynor is a very likely pick. Both Maynor and Lawson are true point guards, but word is that Maynor is one of the most NBA-ready players in the draft. If last year's starting PG, unrestricted free agent Andre Miller, doesn't re-sign, Maynor would at least provide an option.

2.) Ty Lawson, North Carolina: His stock has dropped since pre-draft workouts began, falling "clearly behind" Syracuse's Johnny Flynn. The knock seems to be he is injury-prone and a product of the UNC system. Regardless, his leadership qualities, speed, and transition game would give the Sixers an option at point guard, but consensus seems to be Lawson would first need some time as a backup.

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3.) Terrence Williams, Louisville, SG/SF; Jeff Teague, Wake Forest, combo guard: Ok, so we said 3 top picks and this makes it 4. Williams is a 6-foot-6 shooting guard who is very athletic, although he seems to slip into the small forward role, too, and we know the Sixers don't need another tweener who slips into the small forward spot. Teague is listed as a point guard, but is more of a combo guard. He has a ton of upside, but the Sixers do have a combo guard in Lou.

And ...

Last week the 76ers announced they will re-launch their brand identity tomorrow in the main lobby of the Comcast Center on JFK Blvd. Sixers General Manager Ed Stefanski and new head coach Eddie Jordan will be present. This "major announcement" is scheduled for 2 p.m. and includes a free t-shirt and multimedia presentation on the Comcast experience (the public is invited to attend). Afterwards, the Sixers will begin a T-Shirt Tour from a double-decker bus, with the t-shirts courtesy of Adidas. The tour begins at the Comcast Center, continues through to the circle at the Art Museum, loops around Main Line Health's Lankenau Hospital, then west up Lancaster Ave.

--Kate

About this blog

Keith Pompey has been an Inquirer reporter since September 2004 and took over the Sixers beat in the summer of 2013 after covering Temple basketball and football for the previous three years.

Marc Narducci has served in a variety of roles with the Inquirer since beginning in 1983. He has covered the 76ers as a backup and a beat writer. In addition, Narducci has covered everything from the Super Bowl to the World Series and a lot in between.

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