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Philadelphia 76ers: Paul Reed should play for suspended Dwight Howard

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Now granted, that’s been the case for about a week now, as the Sixers have a classic case of senioritis where they are a bit too focused on the summer to take care of business right now, but still, with two games left to play, excitement grows with each passing game. Like The Athletic’s John Hollinger, have been so impressed by Reed’s game that they believe the DuPaul native would have been a lottery pick if the draft were to be redone today, going so far as to have him selected above fellow Philly rookies Tyrese Maxey and Isaiah Joe.

Is that a bit dramatic? Maybe so, but it’s hard to argue that Reed wasn’t the best player in the G-League bubble and thus should be a player to watch in the NBA in the not too distant future.

Since making his debut on January 4th, 2021, Reed has appeared in 24 games with zero starts.

Assuming Dwight Howard is suspended and Joel Embiid is either out or limited in the final back-to-back of the regular season, what better opportunity to get Reed some G-League-esque run than to insert him into the rotation for Game 70 of this, a 71 game season?

It makes sense, right? While Mike Scott will surely be featured heavily in any game without Howard or Embiid, as he has been all season long, he can’t play all 48 minutes – at least, I hope not.

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