Thursday, June 26, 2008

Sixers select Marreese Speights of Florida

There have been very few surprises so far with the NBA Draft, with most players being selected about where everyone thought they would be taken. Of course, there were the two big trades of the day, with Jermaine O'Neal going to Toronto and Richard Jefferson going to Milwaukee, but other than that everything has gone according to plan.

The Sixers also stuck to the script, drafting a big man with the 16th pick of the first round, Marreese Speights from Florida. Several Mock Drafts had been predicting the Sixers would take the 6-10 forward since about May, so there's no surprise here. ESPN's Jay Bilas thought that Speights was the 15th best player in the draft, so the Sixers got pretty much the exact value with their pick. Speights has tremendous athleticism and appears to be NBA ready, although he probably won't make much of an impact next year.

Here is Speight's profile from and his profile from

Barring an unlikely trade, the Sixers are likely done for the day. Now all we can do is wait to see what they do in free agency to further improve their front court.

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