Philadelphia 76ers will work out multiple top prospects
Others to join Brandon Ingram and Ben Simmons for Sixers’ consideration
The Philadelphia 76ers plan to work out several top prospects in preparation to pick first in the 2016 NBA draft, expanding its options beyond the two players everyone is talking about.
Ex-Duke forward Brandon Ingram and ex-Louisiana State forward Ben Simmons are widely projected to be the top two picks in this year’s draft. So much so that many would consider it cavalier for new Sixers president and general manager Bryan Colangelo to select another prospect. Even so, several sources told The Undefeated that Philadelphia expects to also work out ex-California forward Jaylen Brown, ex-Providence point guard Kris Dunn and ex-Kentucky combo guard Jamal Murray. The Sixers are also considering offering workout invitations to ex-Oklahoma guard Buddy Hield and Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv forward Dragan Bender, too.
The Sixers have yet to schedule any workouts with any of the aforementioned NBA prospects. Philadelphia has the top pick as well as the 24th and 26th selections in the first round, but no second-round picks. The NBA draft will be held June 23 in Brooklyn, N.Y.
When asked if he’s bothered by his name not being mentioned with Ingram and Simmons in No. 1 pick talk, Brown told The Undefeated: “No. Do I think my name should be mentioned? Yes. But it’s OK. The media has their darlings and that is perfectly fine. I’m just here to prove that I’m in the conversation with those two, if not better.”
Brown averaged 14.6 points and 5.4 rebounds as a true freshman for Cal last season and was named the 2016 Pac-12 Conference freshman of the year. He said he would like to work out against Ingram and Simmons, but posed a question.
“Do they want to work out [against] me?” Brown asked. “I think that’s the question.”