The Philadelphia 76ers are on the verge of one of the most incredible stories professional basketball has witnessed over the past decade, turning a team that won just 10 games a couple of seasons ago into the 3rd seed in the East with a 50+ win campaign.
Philadelphia blatantly tanked through 3 or 4 seasons in order to land the best prospects coming out of the NCAA, and even though it doesn’t seem like much of a strategy, it has definitely paid off for the City of Brotherly Love.
Now, Philly is a huge underdog to win it all and even though they’re likely to strike out of the Championship, the future’s looking quite bright for the Sixers with their young core, but they obviously need some veteran players to help them carry the load in both ends of the hardwood. Today, we’re going to let you know about the top 5 free agents that could help the Sixers.
5. David West
David West is on his way out of the league and it’s pretty fair to say that his prime is far behind him, but he’s still a hardnosed defender and hustler that could log up to 15 to 20 minutes a night off the bench.
West is a great midrange jump shooter and a more than capable stopper either below the rim or all the way to the perimeter, and his veteran leadership would be much appreciated either backing up Dario Saric or playing as a small ball center.
4. Thaddeus Young
Thaddeus Young has always been quite an underrated player, as he’s yet another hustler that’s never giving up on any loose ball and that can provide a much needed rebounder off the bench and be a major upgrade over Amir Johnson.
Young still has a lot left on the tank and even though he’s thriving at Indiana right now, the Sixers are a much easier path to the NBA finals right now and he could log heavy minutes at Philly, while the Pacers will turn to Domantas Sabonis eventually.
3. Wayne Ellington
Wayne Ellington had a career year this season with his lights out shooting from three-point territory, something that helped ease a lot of pressure off the Miami Heat after Dion Waiters feel down with a season-ending injury.
Ellington has really improved as a backcourt defender and could be a nice backup plan at the shooting guard spot if JJ Redick or Marco Belinelli (or even both) wind up leaving the team at the end of this season.
2. Trevor Ariza
This one’s kind of a long shot, as the Houston Rockets are obviously the better team for Ariza if he intends to win another NBA Championship, but with Houston set to offer a lot of money to Clint Capela, they may be forced to let Trevor walk during the summer.
Ariza has made a living out of his top-notch defense at the 2 and the 3 spot as well as being a very consistent shooter from three-point land, so pairing him with Robert Covington would give them a terrific 3 and D duo perfectly suited for the up-tempo kind of offense Brett Brown wants to feature.
1. Brook Lopez
Brook Lopez is going to need some convincing in order to come off the bench for any team after being a starter throughout his whole career, but there’s simply no way in hell he’s going to start over Joel Embiid if he decides to sign with the Sixers during the offseason.
Lopez could be a prime backup down low as a terrific offensive player and even consistent shooter from three-point territory, and there aren’t going to be many teams willing to offer him a big paycheck this summer to hand him the starting center job anyways.