Recently hired GM and former Sixer, Elton Brand, has been making some monumental transactions over the past week or so to put the Sixers in the best position to win now.
The biggest trade of the past week was a deal for Clippers star Tobias Harris, a 20 points per game scorer who’s versatile on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball, and Boban Marjanovic, the biggest player in the NBA and a great stretch four in Mike Scott. The Sixers gave up rookie Landry Shamet, Wilson Chandler, Mike Muscala, its 2020 first-round pick, Miami’s 2021 first-round pick and its 2021 and 2023 second-round picks . Although the Sixers lose some depth with this move they gain one of the most underrated scorers in the league that is efficient and productive from just about anywhere on the floor. In addition they are adding more formidable size with Boban and another shooter/rebounder in Mike Scott.
Not only this but the Sixers added key new bench pieces in the fleeting hours before the deadline. They acquired shooter/ versatile defender James Ennis from the Rockets who had productive minutes coming off the bench and in a huge surprise the Sixers traded former number one overall pick, Markelle Fultz to the Orlando Magic for Jonathon Simmons and a couple of picks to add more scoring to their bench.
We REALLY like what the Sixers have done over the past week in acquiring a new addition to the starting lineup that adds more shooting and who’s great off the pick and roll while adding more size and consistent “3 and D” players to the bench which should help facilitate more productivity when Embiid and Simmons are off the court. With Zhaire Smith coming back within the year, Brett Brown should easily be able to implement his schemes because there are no more perimeter defensive liabilities like Shamet and Muscala which should limit points and, hopefully, limit excessive turnovers. Furthermore, the Sixers also have a formidable big man in Boban to maintain a strong paint presence in the 10 minutes that Embiid is on the bench. The Sixers front office have publicly said that both Harris and Butler are part of their long term plans so if the Sixers are able to keep this core four for 3-4 years, watch out league.
Hats off to Elton Brand for going all in and, as always, trust the process.