Sixers Add a Pair of Shooters Before Trade Deadline
The Sixers have added a pair of shooters to their roster before the NBA trade deadline which is today at 3pm.
The Sixers agreed to send a trio of second-round picks to Golden State in exchange for a pair of shooter, Alec Burks and Glenn Roninson III, reports Shams Charania of The Athletic.
The picks that Elton Brand is sending to the Warriors include per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski:
- Dallas’ 2020 second-rounder
- Denver’s 2021 second-rounder
- Toronto’s 2022 second-rounder
They might not be done, the team has a full roster and since no players were involved in the deal, they must either deal two players, or waive two players to get to the 15 man roster limit.
Both players are having strong seasons for the struggling Warriors, with Burks averaging a career-best 16.1 points on 37-percent from 3-point shooting in 48 games. Robinson has put up a career-high 12.9 points on 40-percent from 3-point range in 31.6 minutes per game.
It's a good deal for the Sixers, who give up a bunch of second-round picks to acquire some much-needed floor spacing for the final playoff push.
Burks, a former lottery pick, can shoot off-the-dribble, and handle the ball for stretches and allow Simmons to play off-the-ball some in the half court. Robinson is a good shooter when given open looks, both players are good in the pick-and-roll.
The team has become a much deeper version, with Burks and Robinson III pushing guys like James Ennis and Mike Scoot further down the bench. It has instantly given them more spacing and shooting for Ben Simmons to operate and it allows gives the Sixers starting line-up a chance to continue to play together and gives them more depth off-the-bench.
One interesting look could be a starting lineup of Simmons, Richardson, Robinson III, Harris and Embiid with Horford, Thybulle, Burks, Korkmaz coming off-the-bench.
After tonight, there are 30 games left, as they currently sit in the sixth spot in the east, simply not good enough.
Will this deal make them good enough? 30 games to find out.