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Sixers Remain Inferior Without Reliable Depth

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The Philadelphia 76ers shook up their roster this season after acquiring four-time NBA all-star Jimmy Butler from the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for Dario Saric, Robert Covington, Jerryd Bayless and a 2022 second-round draft pick. While it seemed like a slam dunk for the Sixers, they now lack stability at the four and the newfound lack of bench scoring has seemed to hurt the Sixers more than Butler has helped.

The Sixers also lost two solid veterans this offseason in Ersan Ilyasova and Marco Belinelli. Additionally, the Wilson Chandler trade has had little to no impact on this team. Not all is lost however, as it seems the Sixers have a promising young power forward in Jonah Bolden, who they selected in the second-round of the 2017 NBA Draft.

The Sixers are coming off two bad losses against a John Wall-less Wizards team and an abysmal Hawks squad. Even after defeating the New York Knicks on Sunday, the Sixers led by 24 at one point but once again let it come down to the wire– squeaking it out by three. After the Sixers loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Friday, Ben Simmons called out the team referring to them as “soft”.

Sixers Interested in Vonleh, Lin?

The Sixers’ lack of a competent power forward and bench is a glaring issue for this team. There is speculation, however, that Philly could trade for Knicks’ forward Noah Vonleh or Hawks’ guard Jeremy Lin.

Per Sean Deveney of Sporting News (click for full article):

“The Sixers are another team willing to part with this year’s pick for immediate shooting help, as Philly looks for a big man who can shoot, along the lines of Mike Scott, Frank Kaminsky or Noah Vonleh. The Sixers gave up Dario Saric in the Jimmy Butler deal and miss his ability to stretch the floor. Philadelphia did acquire Miami’s 2021 pick in the deal with the Suns for Mikal Bridges, but the Sixers have kept that pick out of trade discussions. Should the Heat unravel in the next couple of years, that pick will have increased value.

“The Pelicans and Sixers have also inquired about Lin (11.0 points in 19.3 minutes per game this season), and the Hawks may be able to create some bidding for his services ahead of the deadline. It’ll still be tough to wrestle one of those first-rounders away, but this time around, there are at least more on the market.”

A shooting big like Vonleh would be a vast improvement over Wilson Chandler and would stretch the floor for the Sixers with his perimeter shooting. Lin also makes sense, since he is a player who can create off the dribble and hit shots. While Lin does provide another offensive option off the bench the Sixers have struggled mightily on the defense, however. It’s safe to assume that the Sixers cannot compete with the elite — Toronto, Milwaukee, Indiana — with the guys they have right now.

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About Darrien Null

Hometown: Strasburg, PA. Contributor for Sixers Lead.

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