What Do Sixers Need From Their Bench Heading Into The Postseason?
Since acquiring Mike Scott, Boban Marjanovic, James Ennis, and Jonathan Simmons before the NBA Trade Deadline, the 76ers are 11-5 with their retooled bench. Thanks to their improved depth, the Sixers bench is averaging more Rebounds (13.8 versus 12.9 Per Game) and more Steals (2.8 versus 2.6 Per Game) than they were before the Trade Deadline. Also, the 76ers bench is averaging fewer Turnovers Per Game (4.6 versus 5.2) with the additions of veteran players to bolster their depth. The Sixers 11 wins since the NBA Trade Deadline is tied for second most in the NBA with the Clippers and the only teams with more wins over the last several weeks are the Rockets, Bucks, and Pistons (each has 12 wins).
NBC Sports Philadelphia Sixers Analyst Marc Jackson joined Mike Gill on Monday and discussed the value of the 76ers improved bench depth:
"(Sixers) need guys who can shoot, that can defend, and that can get some rebounds. Now keep that in mind because of the way the 76ers are made up now, you don’t need someone to come off the bench and give you 15 points. Boban (Marjanovic) can give you 8 to 10 (Points) just because he has great position, but you don’t need scoring off the bench because the bench is always gonna be infused with two starters and if you mix the starters up, no matter which two are on the floor, they are gonna carry a majority of the scoring load. Even if that’s JJ (Redick), he is going to carry a majority of the scoring load. You need people that can shoot, defend, and rebound and the bench is filled with guys who can do that.”
Checkout what Jackson had to say about 76ers win over the Bucks in Milwaukee, perspective on Brett Brown's Offense, Ben Simmons' role in the starting lineup, and more