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3. Philadelphia 76ers

Jabari Parker, F, Duke

Mar 14, 2014; Greensboro, NC, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward Jabari Parker (1) scores as Clemson Tigers guard/forward Austin Ajukwa (1) and Clemson Tigers forward Jaron Blossomgame (5) defend in the first half in the quarterfinals of the ACC college basketball tournament at Greensboro Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

It’s crazy to think that a player this talented could be drafted third in an NBA Draft.  There is no doubt though that he won’t drop past the top three picks. For the 76ers, it gives them a solid option at small forward our as a stretch power forward with smaller lineups. He instantly becomes your offensive weapon along your defensive rim protector — Nerlens Noel.

Philadelphia got zero production from Hollis Thompson and Adonis Thomas last season. They need somebody that can take over ballgames for them while they develop their young talent. Parker gives them that, while being able to guard his position.

He is a game changer. On offense, he has the size, strength and agility to get to the basket, set up a shot, or dish it off to an open teammate.

He gets compared often to Carmelo Anthony, but he’s a different player.

Defensively, he is averages nearly 2 steals and two blocks per game. At 6’8″, he can guard on the ball well and uses his seven foot wingspan to get his hand on the ball laterally.

Picking Parker with the 3rd pick gives the 76ers the ability to reach a bit at their number 10 pick without losing in this draft.