Who is the Philadelphia 76ers’ new starting shooting guard? Will the team roll with James Harden at the two, the position he played for Daryl Morey for much of the last decade, or will “The Beard” instead stick at point guard and force Tyrese Maxey, a second-year converted point guard who has played 99 percent of his minutes at the position, to move off the ball once more?
Personally, I don’t particularly care.
Assuming James Harden and Tyrese Maxey split all 48 of the team’s point guard minutes, with each logging roughly 14 minutes on their own and 20 together, that leaves just Green, Shake Milton, Isaiah Joe, Charlie Brown Jr., and Furkan Korkmaz to fill out the final 28 shooting guard minutes in any given game. Of the five, Green has the most minutes played so far this season but has spent the fewest minutes at shooting guard, followed by CBJ, Korkmaz, Milton, and Joe, who surprisingly has the most minutes at the position despite having the 11th most minutes played of any player on the roster.
Could Green still continue to play most of his minutes at small forward? Yes, Green is a solid performer at the three and has only seen his minutes decrease due to injury, not on-court performance, but with Paul Millsap now inbound, there are a few intriguing new looks that could open up with “The Green Ranger” at his original NBA position, especially if the team can secure a big wing performer like, well, TBD off of the buyout market.