In his latest NBA Mock Draft, ESPN’s Chad Ford has Kentucky Wildcats forward Julius Randle falling all the way to the Philadelphia 76ers at pick No. 10.
If the Sixers go with a wing early, then I think they go big here if they can. There are also scenarios where Randle could slide now that it’s known he has a foot issue. Landing Randle would be a huge coup for the team if they believe his foot won’t be a long-term issue.
He would be the perfect complement to Nerlens Noel on the front line and give them a big man who can run the floor and command a double-team in the paint. A combo of Michael Carter-Williams, Nerlens Noel, Andrew Wiggins and Julius Randle would be a formidable young core going forward.
Randle had a great workout with the LA Lakers on Tuesday, and he’s definitely in play for them at pick No. 7. It’s hard to see Randle falling past them.
As for James Young, he’s projected to go to the Phoenix Suns.
The Suns’ biggest need is probably at wing. Young has the ability to play both the 2 and 3 with his 7-foot wingspan. He’s one of the youngest players in the draft and projects as a potent shooter down the road. I think this is a nice value pick for the Suns if he’s still here. Rodney Hood are T.J. Warren are other players that will get long looks from Phoenix.
In theory, Randle could team up with former Wildcat Nerlens Noel in Philly, while young could play with Eric Bledsoe in Phoenix if he re-signs with them.