Sixers Stock Watch: Post Preseason
The Sixers kick off the regular season in just two days, facing off against Bradley Beal and the Washington Wizards. Despite only having two preseason games, there are a lot of takeaways from this new-look Sixers team.
The play in the preseason had some Sixers' players stock rising, and there's also some players to buy low on heading into the regular season.
After having a late start joining the team, it was unsure just how much time the Sixers’ first-round pick would get in the preseason. He didn’t step on the floor to make his debut until the fourth quarter against the Celtics, but he didn’t waste any time to leave a strong first impression.
Maxey has shown incredible finishing ability and was a strong finisher after absorbing contact. Throughout the preseason he showed multiple skills in his offensive arsenal from floaters to euro-steps. In two preseason games, he averaged just under 10 points per game and shot an impressive 61.5% from the field.
This strong showing in the preseason has fans buzzing about the rookie. He is a player whose stock should only continue to rise as this season goes on.
Shake Milton’s emergence was one of the brightest spots of last season for the Sixers, and he looks to be picking up where he left off. Doc Rivers looks to be molding Milton into the team’s sixth man role, and he has been thriving to say the least.
We only have a two-game sample size to go off of, but Milton looks to be primed for a career year. In the preseason he averaged 17.0 PPG, 3.5 RPG, and 4.0 APG. On top of those numbers, he also shot 54.5% from the field and a stellar 45.5% from three.
Doc Rivers has been very high on Milton since arriving in Philadelphia. He has said on multiple occasions that he wants Milton to play free and he has given him a green light on offense.
After his preseason performance, Milton’s stock has drastically gone up. If he can maintain close to this level of play he will have a good resume for 'Most Improved Player' this season.
Acquiring Seth Curry on draft night had most fans buzzing with excitement. The Sixers now have the sharpshooting guard that they have missed since the departure of JJ Redick. Curry has struggled in the preseason, but he is a player who should turn it around sooner rather than later.
In the team's two preseason games, Curry averaged 7.5 PPG, 3.0 RPG, and 1.5 APG. His biggest woes were shooting from deep, where he shot just 16.7%.
The lack of time with his new team looks to be taking its toll on Curry's play thus far. That being said, his stock is a good one to buy low on. Once he gets more comfortable with his new teammates, he should get back to looking like himself again.
Doc Rivers has said previously that the rotation to start the season is still not set in stone. With rotation minutes still up for grabs, Mike Scott is a guy that put on a nice audition in the preseason to build a case for himself.
One thing that stood out from Scott was his three-point shooting. Through two preseason games, he knocked down five of his seven attempts from deep. If he can continue to consistently knock down shots from deep, he could see regular rotation minutes.
The bench construction should aid Scott in having a bounce-back year. With guards like Tyrese Maxey and Shake Milton attacking the basket it should create space for Scott to be a kick-out option. An increase in pace should also help him get better looks on the outside as well.
As the end of the rotation continues to work itself out, Scott is a good stock to buy low on after a solid preseason performance.