How Good Is the Philadelphia 76ers Roster for 2020-21?
The Philadelphia 76ers were supposed to challenge for the title last year, but the team failed to meet the expectations and took drastic measures in the offseason. Doc Rivers was appointed as the new head coach, and Daryl Morey arrived as the president of basketball operations.
The executive quickly got rid of the terrible Al Horford contract and made some deals that could push the organization to another level. I share my thoughts on the new guys who arrived in this analysis of the Philadelphia 76ers roster for the upcoming 2020-21 NBA Season.
Complete 76ers Roster Heading into Next Season
Let’s begin with a complete list of the players that are currently on the Philadelphia 76ers roster.
- Ben Simmons
- Shake Milton
- Tyrese Maxey
- Derrick Walton Jr.
- Seth Curry
- Furkan Korkmaz
- Isaiah Joe
- Ryan Broekhoff
- Danny Green
- Matisse Thybulle
- Terrance Ferguson
- Tobias Harris
- Mike Scott
- Paul Reed
- Joel Embiid
- Dwight Howard
- Tony Bradley
Two of the guys above will be cut before the start of the regular season because each NBA team is allowed to have 15 players on its roster.
We also know that James Harden wants to re-join Morey in Philadelphia, but I don’t think that the organization is prepared to move Ben Simmons or Joel Embiid. That’s why I don’t expect a deal with Houston.
With that in mind, let’s see what the current group of 76ers players has to offer in the 2020-21 NBA campaign.
76ers Starting Lineup in 2020-21
One of the biggest problems of the 76ers last season was the lack of spacing offensively. We know that Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid both operate mostly in the paint, so the team simply can’t function properly without outside shooters.
While Al Horford, Josh Richardson, and Tobias Harris can score from downtown, none of them is truly elite in this area. The good news is that only the latter is still around, while the other two guys were moved, and the 76ers added players that look like a better fit in their place.
Seth Curry arrived from Dallas, and he can form a formidable partnership with Ben Simmons in the starting backcourt. The point guard is a phenomenal defender who could cover the deficiencies of his new partner on that end of the floor, while Curry is one of the best 3-point shooters ever.
His splits have been insane throughout his whole career, and that will free plenty of space for Joel Embiid and Simmons in the paint. Danny Green can shoot as well, and the team is not concerned about his late arrival.
The small forward is a solid 3-and-D player with three rings on three different teams in his resume. He has the experience and quality to help the 76ers on both ends of the floor.
The new guys and the spacing they create should make life easier on the offense for Harris as well. He had to do too much last season, and I believe his efficiency has the potential to skyrocket in 2020-21.
On top of that, this starting five should be very strong defensively. Curry is a liability on that end of the floor, but Embiid is a Defensive Player of the Year candidate, and Simmons can guard at least four positions at an elite level.
Green and Harris are both solid defensively, so the 76ers have excellent foundations when it comes to their starting lineup.
Analysis of the 76ers Second Unit
The short bench was a big deal for the 76ers in the previous NBA campaign. The second unit didn’t contribute enough points, and that’s understandable when you look at the personnel. Furkan Korkmaz was the only reliable scorer on the bench.
The Turkish athlete is still around, but he should have more help. Shake Milton is a guy who could share the offensive burden, and Tyrese Maxey can help as well. The rookie can be useful from the bench, and the 76ers also got Dwight Howard to serve as the second center.
The veteran gave the Lakers good minutes as a backup last year, and Philadelphia will be hoping for the same when Embiid is not on the floor.
The other guys that deserve mention are Matisse Thybulle, who’s a beast defensively, and Mike Scott, who can stretch the floor thanks to his shooting.
I believe that the 76ers have improved their depth significantly, and Daryl Morey deserves a lot of credit. There are more players who can contribute to the team, and Philadelphia won’t be relying mostly on its starting lineup next season.
I believe that the 76ers should be much better in the 2020-21 NBA campaign based on their new roster. And yet, there is something to consider here. Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons are injury-prone, and that could be a problem.
If even one of them is out or not at his best in the playoffs, the team won’t be competitive. That’s why I can’t put the 76ers on the list of favorites for the NBA title. The organization certainly is among the dark horses, though.
Let me know if you agree with my assessment and share your own thoughts on the Philadelphia 76ers roster for next season in the comments below.