In Yahoo Sports’ latest NBA mock draft (2020 NBA Mock Draft 3.0: Is James Wiseman the No. 1 overall pick?), NBC Sports writer Rob Dauster had the 76ers selecting the athletic combo guard out of Texas Tech: Jahmi’us Ramsey.
Ramsey has become a popular pick for the Sixers in mocks recently, primarily due to his above average shooting ability. Attempting just over five threes per game, Ramsey shot an astonishing 42.6% from beyond the arc. Simply off those numbers alone, Ramsey is an exciting pick for the 76ers at 22.
Outside of his silky smooth jumper, Ramsey actually flashed a ton of high-ceiling potential during his freshman season of college ball. Despite being just 18 years old, Ramsey was routinely one of the most athletic players on the court. His 6’ 10” wingspan aided him a ton in the rebounding game, as he averaged 4.0 rebounds per game while playing guard.
When he wasn’t torching teams with his shot, Ramsey found a good chunk of his points in transition. Relying heavily on his speed and athleticism, the 6’ 4” guard found himself scoring a healthy amount of easy buckets just by running up and down the court.
The major drawbacks to Ramsey’s game are his defensive abilities and his overall playmaking skills. Texas Tech initially had hopes of him being a “jack-of-all-trades” type player coming into the season, before eventually allowing him to settle into more of a spot-up shooter type role.
It’s no secret the Sixers are in the market for more ball handlers, so Ramsey’s lack of ability in this regard may cause some slight concerns.
At such a young age, Ramsey presents a “high-risk, high-reward” option towards the end of the first round. While not the most polished player currently, there’s plenty of reason to believe he’ll continue to grow and develop as a player. Adding more size and strength could seriously aid him as he looks to further himself as an on-ball defender.
Personally, if Jahmi’us Ramsey is still available at pick 22, it’s a no brainer. He’s an elite shooter who plays with a ton of energy, the perfect type of player to pair up next to Ben Simmons. Not only will this aid the team in the half court setting due to Ramsey’s floor spacing, but it will allow the team to get out in run and transition more often.
PhillySportsNetwork writer Zach Ciavolella did an entire player breakdown on Ramsey earlier in the year, and he was thoroughly impressed. Check that out here: “Sixers’ Draft Preview: Jahmi’us Ramsey”.
Other notable selections in Dauster’s mock draft included Tre Jones to the Nuggets at 21, Kira Lewis to the Jazz at 24, and Saddiq Bey to the Blazers at 14.
Saddiq Bey being mocked so high intrigued me, due to the fact that I proposed a few days ago that the Sixers would likely have to trade up for the Villanova sharpshooter. It’s clear the rest of the basketball community is growing increasingly higher on Bey’s draft stock as well.
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