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Sixers looking to find a big man at No. 15

Associated Press Modified: June 27, 2012 at 5:50 pm •  Published: June 27, 2012
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — One big man after another walked through the Philadelphia 76ers' practice facility in recent weeks and showed their stuff.

On Thursday night, one of those guys will come back to stay.

The Sixers, who bowed of the postseason in the second round, need a power forward or center to clog the middle. They should find one with the 15th pick in the NBA draft.

"I think this is a good time to be 10 to 20," team president Rod Thorn said. "There are some good players there that can turn out to be as good as some of the guys taken a little higher."

Percy Jones III, Terrence Jones, Andrew Nicholson, Arnett Moultrie, John Henson, Tyler Zeller, Marquis Teague, Hollis Thompson, Moe Harkless, Quincy Miller and Mike Scott are just some of the players that worked out in Philadelphia over the past month.

"If you go big, you would like to get an athletic big," Thorn said. "Our guys aren't super athletic, our bigs. So if you could get an athletic big who can rebound and help defensively and make a jump shot, that would be a real coup for us.

"I think we are going to have a choice at 15 of two or three guys we like. There are two or three guys that bring excitement to us, but they may not be there. But we are hopeful."

One big man who won't be there for certain when the Sixers pick is Anthony Davis. He's expected to go to the New Orleans Hornets at No. 1.

"If you take Davis out of the mix, there are some guys who are going to be really good players, but there isn't a heck of a lot of difference," Thorn said. "There's a whole bunch of guys after you take him out and a lot of it is in the eye of the beholder."

The Sixers also have two picks in the second round, Nos. 45 and 54. If they get their targeted guy in Round 1, they could look to add a shooter later.

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