Afternoon Sixers – Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

Updated: Tuesday, March 14, 2017 02:00 PM

“Which players from the 2014, 2015 and 2016 drafts, based on what we knew on those draft days, would you pick ahead of Markelle Fultz, if they were in the 2017 draft?”

— Larry.

Interesting question.

I sometimes like answering these questions to put prospects in perspective. We can sometimes get clouded by “the best <x> in this draft” (i.e. the best center in the draft), or “the 4th best prospect in the draft”. That only really speaks to their value relative to the rest of the people in this draft class, though, and it frequently clouds our league-wide estimation of their value instead. Last year’s draft class after the top 2 is the perfect example of this.

Here’s the players from 2014/15/16 I think are a tier above Fultz as a prospect.

* Joel Embiid, 2014:


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Derek Bodner

Derek Bodner covers the NBA draft for USA Today and He was previously the 76ers Insider for Philadelphia magazine. Contact Information: / @DerekBodnerNBA

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