Some fans scratched their heads at the Sixers picking Moe Harkless with the 15th pick in this year's NBA Draft. It's too early to tell if Moe will be a surprise or disappointment. Let's take a look at Philadelphia's recent history of draft picks to see how other Sixers' picks players panned out.
In the 2012 NBA Draft, the Philadelphia 76ers drafted Maurice "Moe" Harkless with the 15th pick. Some fans have scratched their heads at the selection, but the question is will he be a surprise or disappointment. Let's take a look at Philadelphia's recent history of draft picks to see how our players panned out.
2000: Speedy Claxton (20th overall)
nSpeedy missed his rookie season with a knee-injury that he suffered in preseason. In his second season, he averaged 7.2 points per game and 3.0 rebounds per game. Speedy only played one season with Sixers before he was traded to the San Antonio Spurs in 2002.
2001: Samuel Dalembert; (26th overall)
Sammy D played eight seasons with the Sixers. His best statistical year came during the 2007-08 NBA season, when he averaged 10.5 points per game, 10.4 rebounds per game and 2.3 blocks per game. Philly fans may be upset to hear that Tony Parker and Gilbert Arenas were selected after Dalembert, but, then again we had Allen Iverson at the time.
2002: John Salmons (26th overall; selected by San Antonio)
Jiri Welsch was drafted by the Sixers in the first round (16th overall), but he was instantly traded to Golden State. Philly landed the 26th pick, John Salmons, and two other players in a draft night trade that sent Claxton to San Antonio. Salmons played four seasons for his hometown Sixers, and his highest point average was 7.5 points per game. Later in his career, Salmons went on to average 19.9 points per game with the Milwaukee Bucks.
2003: Willie Green (41st overall; selected by Seattle)
In the star-studded 2003 NBA Draft that produced the likes of Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James, the Sixers had no first-round picks. The only player they drafted that night was Paccelis Morlende who was the 50th pick in the NBA Draft, but he was later traded along with cash considerations to the Seattle SuperSonics for the 41st pick Willie Green. Green played a productive seven seasons in Philly. He averaged a career high of 12.4 points per game in the 2007-08 season with the Sixers. Most recently he played for the Atlanta Hawks.
2003: Kyle Korver (51st overall; selected by New Jersey)
The Sixers landed another successful player during the second round of the 2003 NBA Draft. The New Jersey Nets traded sharp-shooter Kyle Korver to the 76ers for cash considerations. Kyle Korver is known to be one of the best shooters in the league. Korver played five successful seasons in Philly. In the 2004-05 season, he was tied for first place in the league in three-pointers made with 226. His best year came during the 2006-07 season, when he averaged a career-high of 14.4 points per game and led the NBA in free-throw percentage at 91.4 percent. Korver went on to play for the Utah Jazz and he currently plays for the Chicago Bulls.He holds the NBA record for highest three-point field goal percentage in a season at 53.6 percent (2009-10).
2004: Andre Iguodala (9th overall)
Iguodala has played eight seasons with the Sixers, never coming off the bench. He had an immediate impact on the team in his rookie season by starting and playing in all 82 games and averaging 9.0 points per game. "Iggy" had his best statistical year in the 2007-08 season. He averaged a career-high in points per game with 19.9 and steals per game with 2.1. The athletic small forward is known for his high-flying dunks and his lockdown defense. He was just named to his first Olympic team.
2005: Louis Williams (45th overall)
The Sixers entered the 2005 NBA Draft with no first round picks, but they left with a first-round talent. Lou Williams was drafted from South Gwinnett High School after averaging 27.5 points, 6.6 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game as a senior. Lou had a slow start to his career, due to playing in the shadow of Iverson. When A.I. was traded to Denver in the middle of the 2006-07 season, Lou began to excel. In 2007-08, he rose his points per game by more than seven points from his previous season. Williams played seven seasons in Philadelphia, and he is coming off of his best year. Williams averaged 14.9 points per game, while coming off the bench the entire 2011-12 season. He received the second-most votes for NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award.
2006: Thabo Sefalosha (13th overall)
This may have been one player that the Sixers missed out on. He never played a game in Philly because he was traded on draft night for Chicago's 16th pick Rodney Carney and cash considerations. Sefolosha is not a prolific scorer, but he is arguably one of the best perimeter defenders in the NBA. Just to compare the two wingmen, Thabo just finished playing in the NBA Finals where he was at times the defender of Dwyane Wade and LeBron James. Rodney Carney has not played on an NBA team since Jan. 4, 2011.
2007: Thaddeus Young (12th overall)
Young was productive from the start of his career. In his rookie season, he averaged 8.2 points per game while shooting almost 54 percent from the field. In his second season, he had his best statistical year yet. In 2008-09, Young averaged a career-high with 15.3 points per game and 1.3 steals per game. Thaddeus has grown to be fan favorite in Philadelphia from his energetic and scrappy play.
2008: Marreese Speights (16th overall)
In his rookie season, he averaged 7.7 points a game in limited minutes on the floor. Speights averaged similar numbers in his sophomore season. In 2009-10, the defensive-minded Doug Collins was hired as the Sixers head coach. The offensive-oriented Speights had clashes with his new coach throughout the season. At the end of the season, he averaged career lows in points, rebounds and minutes. On Jan. 4, 2012, Speights was traded to Memphis for two second-round draft picks.
2009: Jrue Holiday (17th overall)
nJrue averaged 8.0 points and 3.8 assists in his rookie season. In his sophomore season, he emerged as one of Philly's best players. He averaged career highs in points (14.0), rebounds (4.0) and assists (6.5) in the 2010-11 season. In 2011-12, Jrue produced similar numbers while helping lead the Sixers to the second round of the 2012 NBA Playoffs, the farthest they have been in the playoffs since the 2001 run to the Finals.
2010: Evan Turner (2nd overall)
In his rookie season, Turner struggled with his shooting. He averaged 7.2 points per game while shooting 42.5 percent from the field that season. He spent the whole off-season working on his jump-shot and it showed during the season. In his sophomore campaign, Turner showed some improvement by averaging 9.4 points, while shooting close to 45 percent from the field, 5.8 rebounds and 2.8 assists. Even though his production is not living up to that of a second overall draft pick, he showed glimpses of a star throughout the season. He showed many of those glimpses in the 2012 NBA Playoffs when he led the team in rebounds with 7.5 and was the fourth leading scorer on the team with 11.2 points. Hopefully, Turner will continue to improve and become a star player for the Sixers in the future.
2011: Nikola Vucevic (16th overall)
During his three years at USC, Vucevic averaged 11.1 points and 8.0 rebounds per game. His best season coming during his junior year when he averaged 17.1 points and 10.3 rebounds. In his rookie season with the Sixers, he saw inconsistent minutes under Collins. Vucevic went on to average 5.5 points and 4.8 rebounds in the 2011-2012 season.
2011: Lavoy Allen (50th overall)
Allen did not see many minutes in the first half of the 2011-12 season, but due to multiple injuries to the Sixers big men, the Temple prospect got his chance. In his rookie season, he averaged 4.1 points and 4.2 rebounds in limited minutes. During the 2012 Playoffs, he stepped up his play when Elton Brand suffered a lower back injury. Allen provided size and defense, something the Sixers desperately needed. On July 1, 2012, he agreed in principle to a two-year, $6 million contract extension with the Sixers.
2012: Maurice "Moe" Harkless (15th overall)
nIn his freshmen season at St. John's University, the athletic forward averaged 15.5 points and 8.6 rebounds per game. He was named the Big East Conference Men's Basketball Rookie of the Year. It will be interesting to see how the Sixers will use Harkless this season.
2012: Arnett Moultrie (27th overall; selected by Miami)
nThe Sixers landed Moultrie by sending their 45th overall pick and a future first-round pick to the Miami Heat. In his junior year at Mississippi State, Moultrie averaged 16.4 points and 10.5 rebounds. The Sixers found the long and athletic big man that they have been searching for. Can Moultrie become the star big man that Philly needs? Time will tell.