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May 18th, 2017 at 9:20 PM
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After netting the No. 3 overall pick Tuesday night â?? their fourth straight top-three pick â?? the Sixers‘ focus now turns to who that selection will be on June 22.

Sixers president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo left all options open Wednesday, keeping the door open for either drafting a player at No. 3 or trading the pick.

With the top two picks projected to be Washington’s Markelle Fultz and UCLA’s Lonzo Ball, the Sixers have to decide to draft for either the best fit or best player available.

One of those prospects is Duke forward Jayson Tatum. Duke associate head coach Jeff Capel spoke Thursday with 97.5 The Fanatic about Tatum and how he would fit with the Sixers.

“One of the things I think in watching Philly, you need shooting,” Capel said. “When you look at the NBA right now, everyone is going to spread the floor, it’s more of an open floor and you need shooting. And there are some guys in this draft â?? obviously Jayson.

“That’s something he can do. He’s a shot-maker. He can do that.”

Tatum is a projected top-five pick, and he will be in consideration for the Sixers at No. 3.’s Sean Kane has the Sixers considering Tatum but ultimately deciding to draft Kansas forward Josh Jackson. Kentucky guards Malik Monk and De’Aaron Fox (who would be Amy Fadool’s pick) are other names to watch.

In his lone season at Duke, Tatum averaged 16.8 points on 45.2 percent …

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