In addition to building a roster capable of competing for the NBA title, the Philadelphia 76ers have done a good job of attracting promising young talent. Led by breakout star Tyrese Maxey, several prospects in the pipeline are showing the potential to someday be a rotation player.
With the draft and free hand fast approaching, it’s time for Daryl Morey to put together a candidate. After cementing the Sixers’ starting talent with the acquisition of James Harden last season, the focus is now shifting to the supporting cast.
Among the vacancies, the Sixers need to fill the backup center position. While Morey could go and sign someone for the veteran’s minimum, the organization believes this is a position they can fill with employees already in-house. PhillyVoice’s Kyle Neubeck recently mentioned that the Sixers hope Charles Bassey and Paul Reed will step up and become Joel Embiid’s backup going forward.
Paul Reed had a chance to step in at backup center in the playoffs and held his own. In 12 games, he averaged 3.7 PPG and 3.8 RPG. Charles Bassey spent most of his G-League time this year with the Delaware Blue Coats. The 21-year-old appeared in 17 games and averaged 18.9 PPG, 10.2 RPG and 3.4 BPG.
Another player who played almost exclusively in the G-League is 2021 first-round pick Jaden Springer. Still only 19 years old, the Sixers are taking their time with his development.
Springer played 19 games for the Blue Coats that season, averaging 14.9 PPG, 2.8 APG, and 1.5 SPG. After being pleased with his progress in his freshman year as a pro, the Sixers also expect the young guard to compete for a spot in Doc Rivers’ rotation during camp.
The final member of the Sixers’ junior pool is Isaiah Joe. During his two years with the team, he had several opportunities to show what he can do at the NBA level.
The former second-round pick appeared in 55 games this season and averaged 3.6 PPG while shooting 33.3% from long range. Among all the young players on the team, Joe is considered a long shot to secure a future rotation spot.
For a team in dire need of three-point shooting, Joe shouldn’t be counted out just yet. The young lads haven’t had much of a chance in the last two seasons outside of garbage time, but that could change next year.