Breaking Down Potential Trade Targets For The Sixers

By Kevin McCormick, Sports Talk Philly Staff Writer

Trade season in the NBA is upon us. We are almost a third of the way through the regular season and teams are looking at ways to bolster their roster. The Sixers are one of those teams that will be in the mix to add some talent to their roster. They will most likely be in the market for a guard to come off the bench, and possibly a stretch four. Here are five potential players that the Sixers could target in a trade this season. 

Davis Bertans - F, Washington Wizards 

The first player is someone that is most likely to be moved as the Wizards are still in a rebuild, and Bertans will become a free agent at the end of this season. One concern might be that  his good play to start the year could make a large pool of teams that will look to acquire him.

Bertans would be a good fit on the Sixers roster. This team has had some trouble with consistent shooting from deep and Bertans could fix that. Right now he is shooting an amazing 46.2% from three on the year. Another thing that makes him a good fit is his deal. Bertans is only owed seven million dollars this season, which is something the Sixers could match salaries with rather easily. 

Bogdan Bogdanovic - G, Sacramento Kings 

Bogdanovic is one of the key names in the trade market this season. He will become a restricted free agent at the end of this season and the Kings will most likely not match a qualifying offer for him. With that being said, it makes it likely that the team will look to get a return for him instead of losing him to free agency.

This could be a great move for the Sixers. Bogdanovic would provide the bench scoring and shooting that the team needs. Right now on the year he is averaging 14.6 PPG on just above 40% shooting from three. He is also averaging 3.9 assists per game, so he could run the offense when Ben Simmons is off the floor. Trading for Bogdanovic at the right price would make the Sixers deeper, and a more serious threat to compete for the NBA championship this season.

Josh Hart - G/F, New Orleans Pelicans 

Hart is a very interesting prospect. The Sixers could match salaries with him easily as he is only owed 1.9 million dollars this season, and he still has two seasons left on his contract. Which would not only make him an asset for this year, but for multiple seasons. 

Adding Hart would add another shooter to this bench that can come on and help spread the floor. On the year he is a slightly above average three point shooter at 37.9%. Not to mention he has ties to the city of Philadelphia as he spent his college career with Villanova. If New Orleans is willing to part ways with Hart, the Sixers could be a good landing spot for him. 

Jordan Clarkson - G, Cleveland Cavaliers 

Clarkson makes this list because he has a set of skills that could benefit the Sixers, but landing a deal for him is unlikely. The 13 million dollars that he is owed this year is going to be tough to match for the Sixers with what they have to offer.

Trading for Clarkson would bolster the Sixers’ bench unit. He is a combo guard that can facilitate and create his own shots. Not to mention he is a guard that could share the court with Ben Simmons rather easily. 

Langston Galloway - G, Detroit Pistons 

The last target is another player with ties to the city. Galloway spent his college career with Saint Joseph’s University where he would wind up becoming the leading scorer in school history. 

Galloway is another cheap shooter that this team could add at the deadline. Right now he is scoring 11.6 PPG and shooting a very solid 41.3% from deep, and his 7.3 million dollars owed makes it very easy to match salaries with the Pistons to acquire him. Galloway is another guard that could come in and share the court with Ben Simmons as a floor spacer, and could facilitate as the primary ball handler in small samples. 


This Is The Tobias Harris We Have Been Waiting For

By Kevin McCormick, Sports Talk Philly Staff Writer

Ever since the Sixers traded for Tobias Harris in February last year everyone has asked the same question, can he look like his old self on the Sixers roster? There were times last season where it looked like Harris had a hard time finding his fit on the team sharing the floor with Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid, JJ Redick, and Jimmy Butler. But this year things have changed greatly for Harris.

Now that Redick and Butler are gone, Harris has been able to become the second option on offense and has started to thrive in this role. He has seemed settled in with this Sixers team now and is starting to look like the Tobias Harris that was scoring 20 points a night for the Clippers last season. 

The run that Tobias Harris has been on right now has been a breath of fresh air for Sixers fans. Over the summer, some people were skeptical when the Sixers gave him a five-year 180 million dollar contract but right now there is no debate that he is living up to the deal.

Over his last 10 games, Harris is averaging 22.9 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 3.0 APG, and 1.1 BPG. Harris is also shooting 36% from three in this stretch, bouncing back from his 0-23 stretch from beyond earlier this season. This jump in his numbers just might get Harris his first career All-Star selection. 

On top of Harris starting to look like his old self, he has grown his game in the offseason as well. During training camp, Harris said that he had been working on his defense all offseason and it has shown. He has been a more than serviceable defender and has bought into the defensive juggernaut theme that the Sixers have taken on this year. 

When the Sixers traded away Jimmy Butler to the Miami Heat there were concerns that the Sixers would be without a closer. So far this season we have seen multiple Sixers close out games down the stretch, but Harris has been one of the most reliable players late in games this season. 

In the fourth quarter, Tobias Harris is currently shooting 47.7% from the field this season. This percentage is his second-highest of any quarter right now. Harris is proving to be the guy that the Sixers can go to late in games and knock down big shots anywhere on the floor when needed. Which is something this team is going to need as they compete for a championship. 

Harris starting to find his place on the Sixers is huge as he is going to be a vital piece for this team going forward. One can only hope that he continues his high-level play throughout this entire season. 


Matisse Thybulle's Offense has Developed Ahead of Schedule

By Kevin McCormick, Sports Talk Philly Staff Writer

The Philadelphia 76ers have experienced a lot of surprises that have led to the team seeing a lot of success to start the season. Joel Embiid has played in some back to backs, Ben Simmons has knocked down not one but two shots from beyond the arc and Furkan Korkmaz has finally emerged to become a solid everyday role player. However, the biggest surprise so far this season has to be rookie Matisse Thybulle’s play on both ends of the floor.

When the 76ers traded up to draft Thybulle in the 2019 NBA Draft, the hope was they were adding a strong defensive-minded player who will hopefully develop into a nice 3-and-D wing player. However, he has exploded so far in the month of December, averaging 9.4 points, 1.8 rebounds and 2.6 assists while shooting 60% from beyond the arc. Although it is still only early December, it is safe to say that Thybulle’s development on the offensive end has come along much faster than anyone had thought when he first broke into the league.

Early in the season, Thybulle was a streaky shooter and struggled adapting to the NBA game. He struggled to get consistent minutes as he was adjusting to the speed of the NBA game. After one quarter of the season, he has finally settled in and is starting to thrive in his role as one of the first players off the bench. Even with his early struggles from deep, he is now shooting 46.3% from on 3-point shots while taking a little over two attempts per game.

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We're Thankful for the Sixers and Flyers Because the Eagles Season is Over!

 

Lipinski & Watkins have recovered from Turkey Day mayhem and have come to the realization that the Eagles are toast.  Thankfully the Sixers and Flyers are picking up the pieces and giving the Philadelphia sports fan something to cheer for! 

On this episode:

  • A full review of the Friendsgiving beer collaboration by Cape May, Double Nickel, Tonewood, & Urban Village breweries.  
  • Lipinski rejoices in the return of Greg Schiano to Rutgers
  • Trying to make sense of the Eagles mess of a season
  • The Ravens & 49ers are the real deal
  •  The Sixers are finally gelling and it's only gonna get funner
  • Are the Flyers for real after posting the best points record in November?

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A Dive into the 76ers First 21 Games and a Peak at the Next 20

By Scott Cashin, Sports Talk Philly Writer

With the first 21 games in the books, here is a review of the Philadelphia 76ers first quarter of the season and a preview of the next quarter.

Philadelphia went 15-6 in their first 21 games, which included a tough west coast trip through Utah and Denver. The offense was inconsistent through the first 21 games, earning an offensive rating of 107.3 (17th in the NBA). The defense was as advertised heading into the season, posting a rating of 102.6, which is good enough to be the fourth best in the league. Despite the early swing through the Northwest division, the 76ers had the third easiest schedule behind only the Indiana Pacers and Detroit Pistons. Philadelphia's 10-0 record at home, while encouraging, camouflages the team’s mediocre 5-6 record on the road. When examining the East/West breakdown of the schedule, you see that Philadelphia handled the weaker Eastern Conference teams, winning 10 of 12 match-ups. By contrast, the Sixers have only won five of the nine games against west coast teams. Road contests, especially when traveling across the country, are difficult.

76ers fans have been overly critical of the team’s lack of outside shooters in the rotation, and while it is true there is no traditional sniper in head coach Brett Brown’s rotation, the team ranks 14th in 3-point percentage (35.7). The team ranks 26th out of the 30 teams in attempts per game from beyond the arc, with an average of 29.6 per game. Over the previous two seasons with sharpshooter JJ Redick in the back court, the Sixers' outside shooting numbers were not too different than the numbers this year’s squad is posting.

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76ers Stats: A Foul Situation Brewing?

By Bill Gorman, Sports Talk Philly Staff Writer

(note – all statistics are from basketball-reference.com unless otherwise noted)

2019-20 was supposed to bring a new brand of basketball to Philadelphia. With the additions of Al Horford and Josh Richardson, the team’s size would overwhelm opponents on both the defensive and offensive ends of the floor. The defense, for the most part, has held up its end of the bargain, allowing just 102.6 points per 100 possessions, good for third in the league.

Offensively, things have been a bit more disjointed. The 76ers are just 17th in the NBA in offensive rating, at 107.3 points per 100 possessions. They are 14th in 3-point percentage (with a slight decrease in attempts from last year) and seventh in overall field goal percentage. Where they really have lagged behind, both against the league this season and against their past performance, is at the free-throw line. They are 17th in the NBA at getting to the line (23.1 attempts per night) and 22nd in free-throw percentage (74.8%).

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Is Brett Brown Playing Ben Simmons Too Much?

By Kevin McCormick, Sports Talk Philly Staff Writer

One common theme 76ers fans knew they were going to see heading into this season was load management. The front office and coaching staff's top priority throughout the regular season is making sure the team's top stars are fresh and healthy for the playoffs. So far, we have seen this for Joel Embiid and Al Horford, but is head coach Brett Brown missing a guy that he should be pumping the breaks on as well?

Although there is not much of a need to sit him completely, Brown needs to focus on cutting down Ben Simmons’ minutes on a night-to-night basis. Simmons is averaging 34.3 minutes per game this season, and if you take out the game against the Utah Jazz where he played only 10 minutes due to a mild AC joint sprain he is averaging 35.8 minutes per night.

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What We're Thankful For in Philly Sports in 2019

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Thanksgiving is often a time of reflection. A time when people who care about each other come together and discuss the things that they are thankful for.

In the Philadelphia area and even for those fans that don't live in the area, Philadelphia sports teams play a major part in many of our lives.

With that in mind, we polled our Sports Talk Philly experts to see what they are most thankful about in regards to the teams they cover.

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Ben Simmons Needs to be More Aggressive if he is to Increase his Points Per Game

By Kevin McCormick, Sports Talk Philly Staff Writer

The Philadelphia 76ers, currently sitting at 11-6, have lived up to most expectations to start the year. When the starting five plays together, the team looks like one of the best in the entire NBA. Although this team has seen a lot of success to kick off the season, one player seems to have taken a hit and has been put in the spotlight.

Ben Simmons, so far this season, is not off to the statistical floor he has put up throughout his career. He is currently averaging 12.9 points, 6.7 rebounds and 8.3 assists per game. Now those numbers are not bad by any stretch, but you would like to see a little more in the scoring department from one of your All-Stars.

When this team was constructed, you knew that everyone’s numbers were going to take a hit since there are more mouths to feed, but Simmons is scoring four fewer points per game than he was last season. Some of that has to do with a focus on his pure point guard nature and trying to set up his teammates to score instead of himself, and some of it has to do with still being unwilling to shoot the ball regularly from outside of five feet away from the basket.

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Eagles/Sixers Podcast: I Hate It Here

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By Victor Williams, Sports Talk Philly Contributor

Right after Carson Wentz recorded the worst game we've seen from him in awhile, Joel Embiid did him one better and went scoreless in a game for the first time in his career. How will the Eagles & Sixers rebound with their respective franchise cornerstones? Tune in as Victor Williams & Ryan Rothstein break down the poor performances and give their analysis on the teams moving forward.

 

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