When Zaza gets a bigger contract, he’ll win big again
The big-picture takeaway: Zaza is a winner.
His last two seasons were among the best in NBA history.
In 2016-17, he won a franchise-record 27 games.
And last season, he was one of the league’s best players, averaging a career-high 26.5 points and 7.7 rebounds.
And he averaged nearly 23 points per game during the playoffs, which was the best regular season scoring average in franchise history.
Now that he’s finally gotten healthy, Zaza has a chance to repeat those numbers again.
He’s one of only three players in NBA franchise history to average at least 27.5 per game over a full season.
He has the most assists (17.5), the most steals (9.7), the third-highest blocks (8.3) and the highest scoring average on the team (15.2).
He has also become one of just three players to average a double-double (14.2) and win an NBA championship (the other two being Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Magic Johnson).
So what are the other reasons why Zaza will be a top-five pick in the 2019 NBA draft?
The biggest is that he will be drafted No. 3 overall.
That’s because the Sixers’ second-round pick (No. 17 overall) is currently on the bench.
He was waived by the Celtics before the 2017-18 season and then returned to the Celtics during the preseason.
The Sixers were able to trade the No. 17 pick and a 2019 second-rounder to the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for the 2019 No. 18 pick, which would have been No. 14 overall.
So the pick is now in Philadelphia, but not exactly where it needs to be.
“Zaza is one of those guys who gets a lot of credit for being one of our top guys in the league and we think that he has a great chance to be a great NBA player,” Sixers general manager Sam Hinkie said.
“So I think it’s good for him to be able to get that No. 2 pick and have that opportunity to make an impact on the next level.
He can score. “
I think he’s got a great ability to get to the rim and finish.
He can score.
I think he can rebound.
And if you look at his work ethic, he’s a very hard worker.
And his game, he really brings it every night.”
That is something the Sixers really need, and they’re in position to get there with a big selection.
The Nets are in a tough spot in the standings right now, and Zaza’s presence will only help.
They have the No-.
3 pick in 2019 and could use a player to help them get over the hump.
But with the Sixers likely to select at least the No: 2 pick, it will be difficult for them to get Zaza.
And even if they do, the Sixers need to go after someone else first.
“It’s going to be very difficult,” Hinkisaid.
“If we can’t get him at No. 1, I’m not sure where we’re going to get him.
But it would be great if we can get him in the first round, because then we can potentially get a great player like Kawhi Leonard, who is a very good point guard.
He could be our No. 4 pick, and then we could go to the lottery and get somebody like that.
“We can’t have a lot go wrong with a guy like that, because I think that the best thing for us is to get another player to step into that spot and compete with him.” “
There are some big-name players on the draft board. “
We can’t have a lot go wrong with a guy like that, because I think that the best thing for us is to get another player to step into that spot and compete with him.”
There are some big-name players on the draft board.
The 76ers have three top-10 picks: Lonzo Ball (No., 18 overall), Jalen Brunson (No.: 22) and John Collins (No: 26).
The Nets have four top-12 picks: Jabari Parker (No.) and Dejounte Murray (No.’s 28).
So the Sixers have a decent chance to select a player with a good shot at the No., No. 7, No. 8 or No. 10 spots in the draft.
But they will need to be patient, especially with the 76ers, who have had some success drafting point guards.
They selected a point guard in 2019 with the No.: 7 pick, Jayson Tatum (No.), and then drafted Joel Embiid in 2020.
But the 76er’s first two picks this year weren’t able to come off the board due to trade restrictions.
They still have the