Kawhi Leonard Not a Lakers Fan, but an Iverson Fan

By Brandon Apter, Sports Talk Philly Staff 

The Philadelphia 76ers are in the midst of an underwhelming 6-5 start to the young NBA season. Joel Embiid, hands down, has been the highlight of the first 11 games, posting averages of 28.4 points, 12.6 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.2 blocks. He's second in the entire NBA in scoring. Beyond Embiid, we've seen some solid performances from Ben Simmons, JJ Redick and Robert Covington. Beyond that, there's not a whole lot going on. Markelle Fultz is still a big work in progress, Dario Saric can't hit the bottom of the net to save his life and the team is having issues creating scoring opportunities beyond a few predictable concepts. 

What the Sixers are really in need of is a wing scorer that can create his own shot, work in the pick and roll and hit shots from the perimeter. Right now, the Sixers don't really have anyone to create their own shot. Redick, Shamet Covington and Dario are best in catch-and-shoot situations, Simmons won't take a jumper and Fultz is far from the player he was at Washington. This past summer, the Sixers went star-hunting, came up empty and remain without wing scoring depth. It turns out, though, that they might have a leg up on a 2019 offseason target/

Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard is set to become a free agent at season's end. While rumors have him going back to where he is from out west(Clippers or Lakers), Sixers Hall of Fame guard Allen Iverson was Leonard's favorite player to watch. 

Read into this what you want, but the Sixers will have the cap space and are primed to try and lure Leonard to Philadelphia if the Raptors can't retain him. They were reportedly in discussions with the Spurs during the offseason, but San Antonio requested that Ben Simmons or Joel Embiid be in the deal and the Sixers declined. In seven games so far this season, the 27-year-old native of Los Angeles is averaging 26.1 points and 7.6 rebounds on 50.4 percent shooting with a 44.8 percent mark from three-point range.

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