It’s safe to say that the Andrew Bynum experiment blew up in the Philadelphia 76ers face, and left them with more questions than answers up front.
In this draft, there are two really good centers with high ceilings, then there is everyone else. That’s the dilemma for the Sixers. They won’t be in a spot to take either Nerlens Noel or Alex Len — barring a draft day trade. But they can do the best with what they have.
Indiana’s Cody Zeller and Pittsburgh’s Steven Adams both come to mind as ideal choices in this spot.
Zeller made a surprising decision when he decided to come out. The 7-footer averaged 16 points and eight rebounds during his sophomore season at Indiana. Adams, as a freshman, only averaged 7 points and six rebounds for the Panthers.
Many believe that Adams is a high risk/high reward type of pick. He will be a project, no question about it. Adams may end up spending most of next season in the D-League, but if he develops, the way most executives believe he will, the sky is the limit for this kid.
Question is, does Philly want to wait? I’m not sure.
The Sixers waited on Bynum and got burned. I think they want something to work with now. Zeller might be a better option for next season for Philly.
SCIC MOCK: With the 11th pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, the Philadelphia 76ers select CODY ZELLER.