ESPN’s Pelton Gives Philadelphia Sixers ‘A’ Offseason Grade
Throughout the NBA offseason, the Philadlephia Sixers have been one of the teams that has made some significant changes to their roster.
While they didn't make a blockbuster trade or signing, they added key depth pieces like De'Anthony Melton, P.J. Tucker, and Danuel House, along with bringing back guard James Harden. While bringing back Harden is a big deal, they did change the look of their team, adding much need depth to their bench.
As a result, the Sixers received a A grade from ESPN’s Kevin Pelton in his offseason grades.
Pelton’s main reasoning for this grade for the Suns was adding depth around its core four players of Joel Embiid, Harden, Tyrese Maxey and Tobias Harris, who will now have a full training camp to play together with head coach Doc Rivers..
In addition to Tucker, the 76ers also signed fellow former Houston Rocket Danuel House Jr. and acquired De'Anthony Melton in a trade with the Memphis Grizzlies. The result is a deeper Philadelphia option with more two-way contributors to put around the stars.
With the extension for Harden wrapped up, the team will give him the chance to better mesh with the Sixers starters, while adding more talent to their bench, and area that was lacking in the 2021-22 season.
The Sixers’ trading for Melton, who helped the Memphis Grizzlies earn the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference, adding House and Tucker gives the team more scoring punch off the bench this year.
In 25 regular season games last year without Ja Morant, Melton averaged 13.8 points, 4.9 rebounds, three assists, and 2.6 triples in 23.8 minutes per game.
So a deeper bench, adding more scoring and toughness earned the team an A for the offseason.