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NBA Mock Draft: Philadelphia 76ers Select Isaia Cordinier From France

SB Nation's NBA Network conducted a mock draft with bloggers from each team site making or trading "their" team's pick. We continue with the next pick in the 2016 NBA Mock Draft, with Liberty Ballers discussing their selection of Isaia Cordinier.


NBA Mock Draft Pick #26 -- Isaia Cordinier, Point Guard, France

SBNation's Philadelphia 76ers blog, Liberty Ballers, explains their pick:

With the 26th pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, the Philadelphia 76ers select Isaia Cordinier, guard out Denain (French second division), originally from France. We hope that, by giving Cordinier a first round promise, we would subsequently get a guarantee that he would play one more year overseas and continue to develop his game.

The pick is as much of a pick due to roster constraints as it is our assessment of Cordinier's abilities - we expect to integrate at least four NBA rookies already next season, and with our stated desire to bring in veterans and improve moderately in the short-term, a draft-and-stash makes the most sense in this spot. Cordinier though is the type of athlete - with a promising jumper and always-revving motor - that we're willing to spend the time to develop, and he fits well with the type of team we're looking to build.

After a jam-packed first round, it makes a load of sense for the Sixers to use a late-1st round pick for a draft-and-stash option. As Liberty Ballers mentioned, Cordinier has plenty of upside due to his high-motor and solid perimeter jumper. However, Cordinier would need more experience playing against better competition, as he only played one year in France's Pro B league, their equivalent of the NBA D-League.

1) Philadelphia 76ers: BEN SIMMONS

2) Los Angeles Lakers: BRANDON INGRAM

3) Phoenix Suns (From Boston): DRAGAN BENDER

4) Utah Jazz (From Phoenix): JAMAL MURRAY

5) Denver Nuggets (from Minnesota) : BUDDY HIELD

6) New Orleans Pelicans: KRIS DUNN

7) Minnesota Timberwolves (from Denver): DENZEL VALENTINE

8) Sacramento Kings: JAYLEN BROWN

9) Toronto Raptors: MARQUESE CHRISS

10) Milwaukee Bucks: DEYONTA DAVIS

11) Sacramento Kings (From Orlando): TIMOTHE LUWAWU

12) Utah Jazz: JAKOB POELTL

13) Denver Nuggets (from Phoenix): SKAL LABISSIERE

14) Chicago Bulls: WADE BALDWIN

15) Minnesota Timberwolves (from Denver): HENRY ELLENSON

16) Boston Celtics: DOMANTAS SABONIS

17)  Utah Jazz  (from Memphis) : FURKAN KORKMAZ

18) New Orleans Pelicans (from Detroit) : TAUREAN PRINCE

19) Phoenix Suns (from Denver): CHEICK DIALLO

20) Indiana Pacers: JUAN HERNANGOMEZ

21) Atlanta Hawks: DEMETRIUS JACKSON

22) Charlotte Hornets: ANTE ZIZIC

23) Detroit Pistons (from Utah): TYLER ULIS

24) Philadelphia 76ers: DEANDRE BEMBRY

25) Phoenix Suns (from Clippers): GARY PAYTON JR

26) Philadelphia 76ers: ISAIA CORDINIER

27) Toronto Raptors:

28)  Memphis Grizzlies (from Utah Jazz) :

29) San Antonio Spurs:

30) Golden State Warriors: