The NBA draft has been pushed back once again but all that means is that there is even more time to discuss who the Sixers will draft.
In his latest edition, mock draft guru Jonathan Wasserman of Bleacher Report has Stanford Point Guard Tyrell Terry going to the Sixers with the 21st overall pick.
This is hardly the first and certainly won’t be the last time we see Terry mocked to the Sixers. Whether Tankathon or here at PSN, Tyrell Terry is a common theme.
The fit is about as clean as you can hope. The Sixers need shooting especially at the guard positions and Terry is a sharpshooting guard.
In Wasserman’s words:
“The Sixers could use another ball-handler and shooter, which makes Terry a potential target. Though not athletic or strong, he compensates with special touch, deep range, sharp ball skills and finishing instincts.”
It’s really as simple as that.
Tyrell Terry (The Numbers)
In 31 games, Terry averaged 14.6 points while shooting 40.8% from beyond the arc. While it is college and the three-point line is closer to the basket, his Terry’s projected three-point percentage at the NBA level is 38.3% (via Tankathon).
Part of what gives many faith in Terry’s shot is not only his collegiate three-point percentages but his free-throw percentage. Terry averaged an impressive 89.1% from the charity stripe which bodes well for his shooting at the next level.
While he doesn’t offer much in terms or size and strength, he’s not a liability on defense as shown by his advanced stats. Boasting 0.91 per 40 minutes and a defensive rating of 91.3, Terry nearly blew away the competition at Point Guard.
Those numbers best Tyrese Haliburton, Kira Lewis JR., Tre Jones and Cole Anthony. In fact, the only guard that came close to those numbers in Tre Jones.
Now the point isn’t that Terry will become some variation of Jrue Holiday or Marcus Smart defensively. The point is that he likely won’t be exposed on that end and that may be all that matters.
Drafting a sharpshooting ball-handler who can defend, I just don’t see how a team could do any better, especially at 21.
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