The Sixers Select Florida’s Marreese Speights

Ed Stefanski has made his first draft choice as 76ers President and General Manager.  The Sixers took Marreese Speights 16th overall.  The Sixers knew they needed to get bigger and more physical close to the basket.  Speights’ work ethic has been questioned, but if Mo Cheeks can get through to his knew young forward, Speights could be a strong interior presense.

Here’s a quick look at how the 2008-2009 roster may shape out:

PG – Andre Miller (Lou Williams)

SG – Lou Williams (Willie Green / Andre Iguodala in situations when Cheeks wants to go big)

SF – Andre Iguodala (Thaddeus Young / Rodney Carney)

PF – Marreese Speights (Thaddeus Young / Jason Smith / Reggie Evans)

C – Samuel Dalembert

Phil Jasner of the Philadelphia Daily News offers this view.

The Daily News has put together a profile on new Sixers forward Marreese Speights.

Bob Cooney of the Daily News has reaction from the Sixers’ war room on their first round selection.

Philadelphia Inquirer basketball writer Matt Gelb’s take on the Sixers taking Speights.

The 76ers are on the Clock. Your move, Ed.

The Suns took Robin Lopez (twin of Brook Lopez who went 10th overall) with the 15th pick.  The aging Suns (home of Shaq and Steve Nash) are looking to get younger in the draft.  (Don’t forget, Saint Joseph’s forward Pat Calathes is projected by ESPN’s Chad Ford to go to the Suns at #48 in the second round).

Still no trades.  The Sixers are coming up quickly.  For now, at #14, the Golden State Warriors took the skinny big man from LSU Anthony Randolph.  Most players being projected to come to Philadelphia are still available with only one pick before Ed Stefanski makes his move.

The Portland Trail Blazers took Kansas guard Brandon Rush #13.  The Blazers took Greg Oden, who missed the season with a knee injury, first overall last summer.  In reality Portland will be adding two lottery picks this season.

Congratulations to local product Jason Thompson.  The Rider product went #12 to Sacramento and becomes the first senior selected. 

Jerryd Bayless is on his way to Indiana.  Bayless, the 11th pick (the same selection as Reggie Miller way back when) hopes to rejuvinate a dull franchise.  He comes from the same program as Andre Iguodala.

Where are all of the trades?  So far, we have 10 picks in and ZERO picks traded since the draft began.

The Nets, who have been busy all day trading Richard Jefferson, took Brook Lopez with the 10th pick.

Tar Heel Nation went for a Longhorn.  Michael Jordan and Larry Brown… I mean the Charlotte Bobcats selected D.J. Augustin.

Cross Joe Alexander off your list of possible picks at 16.  Alexander went to the Milwaukee Bucks 8th overall after his draft stock shot through the roof with a ridiculous performance in the NCAA tournament.

The L.A. Clippers, owners of the most lottery picks in NBA history, have a scorer.  Indiana’s Eric Gordon is going to Hollywood.  Gordon is the 5th freshman to be selected.

Danilo Gallinari ‘The Rooster’ is coming to The Garden and Knicks fans aren’t happy.

Sorry Sixers fans, Kevin Love won’t be able to slip enough where the Sixers can jump up to get him.  The Memphis Grizzlies at #5.  I still can’t believe my eyes when I see the highlights of Love hitting full court shots with a chest pass.  That ability to rebound and outlet would have been a great fit for the young run and gun 76ers.

The “Seattle” Sonics (who will find out on July 2 if they will be staying in Seattle or moving to Oklahoma City) took UCLA guard Russell Westbrook.

Mayo was selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The Miami Heat did pick Michael Beasley contrary to reports that they may trade their 2nd pick or even take O.J. Mayo.

The Chicago Bulls have selected guard Derrick Rose with the first pick in the NBA draft.  Rose heads back to his home town to help lead the Bulls back to the playoffs.



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