June 22, 2017, 7:27 pm
The Magic traded the 25th pick to the Sixers while selecting Latvian center Anzejs Pasecniks on Philadelphia’s behalf.
Pasecniks stands 7’2″ tall and has bulked up to 220 pounds, emerging as an agile center who can run the floor and step out to knock down jump shots. The Sixers will likely push him to keep adding muscle to his wiry frame but provides a very versatile skillset. He played only 16.5 minutes per game this year for Gran Canaria in Spain, posting 7.8 points, 3.1 rebounds and 0.7 blocks in his paltry playing time. Pasecniks may be another draft-and-stash for Philadelphia, and he’s unlikely to make an immediate impact given the Sixers’ crowded frontcourt. The Magic pick up a first-rounder in 2020 that originally belonged to the Thunder in addition to a 2020 second-round selection from Philadelphia. The first-round pick is top-20 protected through 2022 and will be converted to two second-round picks if it doesn’t convey.