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NBA Mock Draft Roundup

The 76ers hold onto the No. 3 and No. 10 picks in the first round of the NBA Draft following last week's lottery. This guarantees, barring any trades, that they will land one of the three biggest names: Kansas forward Andrew Wiggins, Duke forward Jabari Parker, or Kansas center Joel Embiid.

NBA Mock Draft Roundup

Michigan´s Nik Stauskas (top left), Duke´s Jabari Parker (top right), Michigan State´s Gary Harris (bottom left), and Kentucky´s James Young (bottom right). (Photos by Getty Images)
Michigan's Nik Stauskas (top left), Duke's Jabari Parker (top right), Michigan State's Gary Harris (bottom left), and Kentucky's James Young (bottom right). (Photos by Getty Images)

The 76ers hold onto the No. 3 and No. 10 picks in the first round of the NBA Draft following last week's lottery. This guarantees, barring any trades, that they will land one of the three biggest names: Kansas forward Andrew Wiggins, Duke forward Jabari Parker, or Kansas center Joel Embiid.

Which one of the Big Three lands in Philly depends on who you ask. We scoured the internet and found a few different NBA mock drafts to see which player seems the most likely. Here are a few we found:

Chris Mannix of SI.com has the Sixers taking Duke forward Jabari Parker with the No. 3 overall pick:

Parker is widely viewed as one of the draft's most NBA-ready players. It's still unclear what forward position Parker can defend, but he can score at either for a Sixers team that finished last in points per possession. This seems like a no-brainer.

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Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports has Parker and Wiggins going first and second, respectively, with the 76ers taking the 7-foot center Embiid:

Scout's take: "Embiid is a game-changer, but [his] back is a concern. Improved in a short time. Has star and franchise player potential."

Ricky O'Donnell at SBNation has Parker going second, with Wiggins falling to the 76ers:

The 76ers and Andrew Wiggins are a perfect match. Philadelphia played the fastest pace in the NBA a year ago, which is a system Wiggins should thrive in. Additionally, he won't have be counted on to have his hands on the ball at all times thanks to the presence of Michael Carter-Williams. While Wiggins might need time to develop a complete offensive arsenal, he's ready immediately on defense. That will be a huge boost for a team that finished No. 27 in the league on defense a year ago.

Bleacher Report's Sean O'Donnell says it's Parker landing in Philly:

Parker may be one of the most reliable shooters from the wing in this year's draft. The 76ers already have a handful of promising young players in Nerlens Noel and Michael Carter-Williams. Adding Parker to the mix gives this team plenty of hope for the future.

Our own Michael Kaskey-Blomain also thinks Parker ends up with the 76ers:

Parker, the Sixers may finally get the legitimate perimeter player they have been searching for. Although there are concerns about his defense, Parker is one of the most NBA-ready prospects in the draft, especially on the offensive end, where he could be immediately effective. Parker would pair nicely on the perimeter with Noel in the post and Rookie of the Year Michael Carter-Williams running the point.

Sean Kane at CSNPhilly.com agrees too, it's Parker going at No. 3:

Nabbing Parker with the third pick would represent tremendous value for the 76ers. He is the most polished offensive player among the elite prospects in this draft and should have little difficulty transitioning into a 20-point scorer on the pro level. His defensive instincts were below average during his one collegiate season, but Parker's offensive game is too good to pass up.

Matt Walks of NOLA.com thinks it will be Wiggins falling to the 76ers:

Sixers fans shouldn't be too upset their team fell to No. 3. Embiid's Kansas teammate Andrew Wiggins looks bound for superstardom as well. He's perhaps the most athletic player in the draft with both the capability to immediately make his mark in the 76ers' fast-paced offense and a rare passion for defense that the 76ers sorely need. If he can provide the team with some much-needed discipline and take the pressure to score off Michael Carter-Williams, things might finally come together for Philly.

And finally, the folks over at HoopsHype.com think Parker makes the most sense for the 76ers: 

Despite an unimpressive tournament performance, Parker's stock remains high and he's a lock for the Top 3. He may lack the long-term potential of a Joel Embiid or the freakish athleticism of an Andrew Wiggins, but his offensive polish and maturity makes him a highly regarded prospect. He's both polished and versatile and understands what it means to be a professional having grown up around the game with his father a former standout, Sonny Parker. Parker is a much better athlete than he appears at first glance. He's also sure to blow away the competition during team interviews, as he's a mature, high-character guy. Parker lacks great foot speed and some scouts are worried about his ability to defend on the perimeter.

Now let's go back through each of those mock drafts and see who the 76ers get with the No. 10 pick.

Chris Mannix of SI.com thinks the 76ers will select 6-foot-11 center Jusuf Nurkic from Bosnia at No. 10: 

The burly, high-energy center could play alongside the more slender Nerlens Noel, the sixth pick in the 2013 draft, who missed the season while recovering from ACL surgery. Nurkic is young and raw, having started playing basketball in 2009, but his rapid development has impressed many NBA executives. He's drawn comparisons to the Timberwolves' Nikola Pekovic, who has emerged as a productive starting center (17.5 points, 8.7 rebounds this season).

Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports says the 76ers take Kentucky shooting guard James Young:

Scout's take: "No right hand. Owns a sweet stroke from NBA range that is beautiful, effortless and easy. Needs to learn how to come off screens."

Ricky O'Donnell at SBNation has Michigan guard Nik Stauskas (who is prett-ay, prett-ay, pretty good at shooting) landing in Philly:

What Stauskas does as well as any player in this draft is shoot the rock. He hit 44 percent of his threes in each of his two years in college. The surprise of his sophomore season was that he could handle and pass the ball a bit, too. With Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway gone from Ann Arbor last season, Stausksas picked up playmaking duties and averaged 3.3 assists per game. He'd be a nice fit in Philly.

Bleacher Report's Sean O'Donnell thinks the 76ers will add some depth at point guard by picking Syracuse's Tyler Ennis:

The knock on Ennis coming into the draft was his lack of athleticism. This caused his draft stock to dip despite his offensive prowess. During the draft combine, Ennis proved he has more than meets the eye during on-court drills. With Parker and Ennis in the fold, the future looks very bright for Philadelphia.

Michael Kaskey-Blomain agrees with Spears, saying the 76ers take James Young:

The Sixers will fill their perimeter positions with their two top 10 picks. Young, who left Kentucky after only a single season, is a very talented scorer, who is adept at putting the ball in the basket. His jump shot is solid and he could play very well off of Carter-Williams and Parker, or whoever the Sixers add at three. At 6'6'', Young has good size for a perimeter player, something that Brett Brown loves, and he could be a great fit for the franchise.

Sean Kane at CSNPhilly.com, like Ricky O'Donnell, thinks Michigan's Nik Stauskas goes No. 10:

Brett Brown stresses the importance of surrounding Carter-Williams with shooters. Nobody in this draft shoots the ball better than Stauskas, who was a 44 percent three-point shooter in two seasons at Michigan. He improved his all-around game significantly as a sophomore, attacking the rim more frequently and displaying tremendous passing skills.

Matt Walks of NOLA.com has the 76ers taking Michigan State guard Gary Harris 10th overall:

The 76ers gave up more points per game than any other team in the NBA last year. Harris is an ultra-talented, high-motor player who can give the team a defensive identity -- and that's ignoring his excellent shooting touch.

And the folks over at HoopsHype.com agree with Walks and have the 76ers taking Harris with their second pick:

Harris played a little sporadic and there is some thought that he could fall into the late lottery because of it. Despite being just a sophomore, he plays with unusual maturity and poise. Though a tad undersized at 6-foot-4, he has solid length, athleticism and great quickness. He also shows a textbook shooting form and range from deep. He didn't have the type of season shooting the ball as many anticipate, though he did finish the season strong and play well in the tournament. His ability to potentially be a combo guard gives him added intrigue. 

Now, this is just a small sample size and no one really knows how things will shake out on June 26, but the consensus No. 3 pick seems to be Jabari Parker. And the favorites for No. 10 seem to be Kentucky's James Young, Michigan's Nik Stauskas, and Michigan State's Gary Harris.

Which one of the Big Three do you hope lands in Philly? Or would you rather the 76ers trade back? Which player do you want the 76ers to target with their second lottery pick? Let us know in the comments.

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