The NBA draft and the days leading up to it had plenty of activity. Here is a look at the draft as it happened, including the Sixers picks and the emotional reaction of their first-round pick Tyrese Maxey.
Stanford Tyrell Terry, who was rumored to be a consideration of the Sixers, was the first player taken in the second round by Dallas.
Duke center Vernon Carey Jr., the freshman of the year in the ACC, was the second pick of the second round, by Charlotte. At No. 33, forward-center Daniel Oturo of the University of Minnesota was picked by Minnesota, but traded to the New York Knicks.
You knew Daryl Morey was going to do something Wednesday night aside from making selections in the NBA draft.
The 76ers new president of basketball operations took over a squad whose spacing issues, a poorly constructed roster and bad contracts impaired its goal to compete for an NBA title.
The team headed into the evening with the 21st pick in the first round and picks 34, 36, 49, and 58 in the second. So it was far from surprising when Morey started the night by using current and future draft picks to start the process of reshaping the roster.
Then he used the 21st pick to select Tyrese Maxey out of Kentucky.
Villanova sophomore forward Saddiq Bey has been selected 19th overall in the NBA draft. The pick was made by Brooklyn, but ESPN is reporting that he will be traded to Detroit, giving Detroit three first-round picks.
Bey is considered a 3 and D player. He averaged 16.1 points and shot 45.1% from three-point range this season.
With the 20th pick, Miami chose Memphis power forward Precious Achiuwa, the American Athletic Conference player of the year and freshman of the year.
As if the Boston Celtics need more firepower, they selected the best shooter in the draft, Vanderbilt sophomore Aaron Nesmith. While limited to 14 games due to a foot injury, he shot 52.2% from three-point range.
North Carolina freshman point guard Cole Anthony, a player many predicted would go to the Sixers, was selected 15th overall by Orlando. Anthony, the son of former NBA guard Greg Anthony, averaged 18.5 points this season.
Early in the draft, Alabama sophomore point guard Kira Lewis Jr. was projected to be a candidate for the 76ers, but he kept moving up the draft boards and was selected No. 13 overall by the New Orleans Pelicans.
Lewis is considered the fastest player in the draft. He averaged 18.5 points and 5.2 assists this past season.
Jalen Smith to Phoenix, Devin Vassell to San Antonio
Maryland sophomore forward Jalen Smith was selected 10th by the Phoenix Suns. Smith averaged 15.5 points and 10.5 rebounds for the Terrapins.
The San Antonio Spurs selected Florida State shooting guard Devin Vassell with the 11th pick. He was the second Florida State player taken, with Patrick Williams going No. 4 to Chicago. The 6-7 Vassell averaged 12.7 points and he was among the top wing defenders in the draft.
LaMelo Ball, the 6-foot-7 point guard who played this past year in Australia, is the No. 3 selection in the NBA draft by Charlotte.
Ball’s brother Lonzo was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2017 draft by the Los Angeles Lakers. They are the first brothers to be top five picks in the NBA draft. LaMelo Ball is an exceptional passer but needs work on his perimeter game.
Sixers acquire sharpshooting Danny Green and Terrance Ferguson from OKC, dump Al Horford’s salary
By Keith Pompey
The 76ers just corrected their spacing issues and dumped a massive salary.
The Sixers acquired the sharpshooting Danny Green, along with Terrance Ferguson, from the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for Al Horford, a future first-rounder, a second-rounder and the rights to Serbian point guard Vasilije Micic, league sources confirmed.
The picks are a 2025 first-rounder, protected slots No. 1 through 6, and the 34th overall pick in Wednesday’s virtual NBA draft. If the first-round pick doesn’t convey, it’s protected 1 through 4 in 2026. If it still doesn’t convey, it becomes a 2027 second-round pick.