2019 NBA Draft: Full Mock Draft 2.0, Atlanta Hawks Pick #4 and #10, Lakers Win Lottery

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#24. Philadelphia 76ers – Ty Jerome

Ty Jerome’s eloquent moniker of “Ty Ballgame” – provided by Mark Titus and Tate Frazier of The Ringer’s One Shining Podcast – perfectly encapsulates the gutsy way in which Jerome played in his final season at Virginia.

While Jerome’s measurables don’t necessarily scream “high-level NBA prospect,” it’s all about the basketball IQ when speaking of Jerome. Sure, he might look a tad slow trying to keep up with the speedy guards of the ACC, but sitting atop his slight 6-foot-5, 195-pound frame is a brilliant basketball mind that would certainly aid the Philadelphia 76ers with the 24th pick of the first round in the 2019 NBA Draft.

Beyond just being a better overall option at backup point guard than T.J. McConnell (who the Atlanta Hawks should still think about signing in free agency), Jerome’s shooting and ability to read defenses in the backcourt would be a huge boon for Philly.

According to College Basketball Reference, in three years at Virginia, Jerome shot 39.2 percent from long range on a three-point attempt rate above 50 percent (50.8 percent). In his most recent season, he shot a career-high 39.9 percent from deep on a 48.4 percent rate from deep. On a spacing-challenged team like the Sixers, Jerome’s heady play and shooting ability would be a perfect fit in the late first round of the 2019 NBA Draft.