The 76ers completed their predraft workouts Tuesday morning as six more players went through the sessions at the team's practice facility in Camden. Again, the players were ones who most likely won't get drafted, but the team did its due diligence to check out as much talent as it can.
With four second-round picks, it's a good idea. Add to that the prospect of getting players for the developmental league Delaware 87ers and participants for the coming summer leagues, which will take place in Salt Lake City and Las Vegas in July. Tuesday's group included Villanova's Kris Jenkins, owner of the biggest shot in this city's college history.
"We've been busy, on a lot of different levels," said Brandon Williams, 87ers vice president of basketball administration and general manager. "Of course, at the top of the draft, and I think we've been really busy looking at what opportunities there might be in case we get an offer that allows us to move our draft position and a space where I'm always focused and that's opportunities for developing players.
"I think this is run well. This is our first calendar year as a front office, so we've been busy. Whether it's pro days on the West Coast. We've covered Florida, D.C., New York, Chicago and our recent visit to Sacramento. I think no stone has been unturned, because you can't be certain of where we'll be on Thursday. We feel great about having No. 1, but there may be other opportunities and we just want to make the right decision when we get it."
Jenkins, who will be forever remembered for his game-winning jumper in the NCAA title game against North Carolina in 2016, is trying to show teams that he's not a one-trick pony and that there is a place for him in the NBA.
Asked what he showed the Sixers, he said: "I can just play basketball and that I'm not just a shooter. I can play the game the right way. I was taught that ever since I was young and when I went to Villanova, they elevated that. I'm tough, I play hard, and I know how to play basketball the right way."
Jenkins shared the court Tuesday with Arizona guard Kadeem Allen, Florida State center Michael Ojo, Princeton forward Spencer Weisz, Pittsburgh forward Michael Young and Youssoupha Fall, a center from Senegal who has played in a pro league in France.
"Kris had a good performance," Williams said. "We always want to respect our local guys. It's good to see Villanova coaches and players in our gym. The question is, for him, if he's going to be able to shoot it at an elite level and defend the position. Those were the questions going into this workout. He has to be able to defend the position, and it was good to have him."
The affable Jenkins, probably keenly aware that playing in the NBA is a longshot, seems as if he'll be just fine no matter where his immediate future takes him.
"I'm all about winning and doing what it takes to win," Jenkins said. "If that means forgetting about one shot and bringing it up 12 years from now, I can do that.
"Hopefully, the Sixers want me. I love it here. Wherever the chips may fall, whatever road I have to take, I've always been one to never have the easy road and always grind. I don't expect this to be different."
Dario Saric was drenched in sweat as he and coach Brett Brown worked on his outside shooting on the side court while the workouts took place. Saric was working on coming off screens in the low post and popping out beyond the three-point line, catching passes and rising up. His shot appears to have a little more arc. Ideally, the team would love for him to become more of a stretch four to open the floor for teammates. … Special adviser Jerry Colangelo was in the facility Tuesday.