Tobias Harris Earns Philly’s ‘Brotherly Love’ With First Win
Recently acquired Tobias Harris, without a single team practice, showed he can jive with a 76ers young core in Friday night’s win over the Denver Nuggets. Philadelphia’s win was particularly impressive given the lack of chemistry and slim playbook for coach Brett Brown. Not to mention the Nuggets are really good. In the 4th quarter their talent and multitude of scoring options won the game for the Sixers. Tobias Harris contributed several meaningful plays down the stretch and was quickly welcomed by a joyous home crowd. His ability to knock down open jumpers and switch on multiple positions proved key.
But with so much talent on the court, willingness to move the ball and play as a team are critical. Ben Simmons is a natural distributor which leaves Jimmy Butler as the wildcard in terms of chemistry for this team. If egos can be kept in check they definitely have a chance at reaching the NBA finals- It appears Harris has the right mentality about his role and the value of stats if you look at his comments last night.
There’s another gear to this team that remains to be seen. Replacing Wilson Chandler with an all-star caliber player will create floor space. Offensively, they have plenty of weapons to score and should expect to have one of the most efficient starting fives in the league. Their only glaring defensive weakness is matchups against teams with a smaller and quicker guard because of Ben Simmons’ abnormal length as the team’s starting point guard. Although his length combined with ball handling has its advantages...
J.J. Redick’s 31 minutes per game at the shooting guard position doesn’t give them any additional versatility defending the elite scoring guards of the east like Lowery, Irving, and Bledsoe due to his lack of lateral quickness. The Sixers should target someone in the buyout market who can guard elite point guards If that player could also hit threes that would be fantastic. Elton Brand is a miracle worker, right?
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