What are the Philadelphia 76ers’ biggest needs?
That feels like a pretty big question for a team sitting seventh in the East with a third of their players in COVID protocol, but when you avoid short-term issues and the fact that one of their three max contract players refuses to suit up in the good ole red, white, and blue, and when you evaluate the roster from a macro level, what is holding Philly back from reaching their true potential?
I’ve identified three big needs: a complementary point guard, a bigger two-way wing, and additional 3 point shooting. Still, despite having the most plays called for him of any player on Coach Popovich’s squad, Murray ranks seventh league-wide in assist percentage at a very impressive 37.0 and is the only backcourt player in the entire NBA with a rebounding percentage of 12 or higher. Granted, Doc Rivers could always stagger the two players’ minutes, giving Murray and Embiid a ton of run together and allowing Maxey to run a speed-centric unit solo, but when all three players are on the court for 30-plus minutes a night, they’d have to spend at least some time together.
Now granted, could the Sixers offset Murray’s floor spacing with the addition of a shooter like Bryn Forbes, or ask for a wing player like Devin Vassell to help with the team’s overall lack of size, but would either of those sweeteners make for a better deal than simply targeting a different player entirely?
That, my friends, is the big question.