Tuesday, January 31 2023

Expansion is on the horizon in the NBA, which is poised to enter a new media rights deal that will increase the salary cap significantly. Considering the money the league is expected to bring in, that might be the time it adds a team or two to the 30 that already exist.

When it comes to a future expansion draft, which players on the roster might the Philadelphia 76ers lose?

In the latest expansion draft back in 2004 for the then-Charlotte Bobcats, teams were allowed to protect eight players, and the Bobcats were allowed to select only one unprotected player from each roster. They ended up with 19 players to form their first-ever roster.

Assuming these same rules will be in place for a future expansion draft, Evan Sidery of Basketball News looked at a possible expansion draft and which players on the Sixers might be available.

Which players on the Sixers would be protected?

This one is pretty simple to figure out. Sidery protected the following players for the Sixers: Joel Embiid, James Harden, Tyrese Maxey, PJ Tucker, De’Anthony Melton, Matisse Thybulle and Tobias Harris.

These players are the ones who are expected to lead the Sixers to a title so it would make sense that they would protect these players for their immediate future. Embiid, Harden and Maxey form the Big 3 Philadelphia needs, so it will not give them up. Tucker, Melton, Thybulle and Harris provide the depth they need to win in the playoffs.

Now, let’s look at the players left unprotected.

Isaiah Joe

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Joe has had a tough time finding his footing with the Sixers. He has averaged only 10.3 minutes in 96 career games. He would be a prime expansion draft candidate and receive an opportunity with a new team.

Georges Niang

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It would hurt to lose Niang. What he brings to the table is important to Philadelphia’s success. He shot 40.3% from deep in his first Sixers season, and his willingness to shoot the ball on every catch is a huge help.

Furkan Korkmaz

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Korkmaz had a down year in the 2021-22 season as his 3-point percentage dipped to under 30% and his playing time dipped as well. He would be a nice fit for any expansion team in the future.

Shake Milton

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Milton had a strong 2019-20 season, but at this point, he would be a prime candidate for an expansion team as he would be able to get a fresh start. He is a guy who can put the ball in the basket for a team.

Charles Bassey

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It would hurt to lose Bassey as he has a lot of potential to be an elite rim protector in the league, and he has a soft touch around the basket.

Jaden Springer

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Springer played two games in his rookie season while spending the majority of the season in the G League, but he showed he can be a terrific perimeter defender.

Paul Reed

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Reed was the backup big man to Embiid in the 2022 playoffs, and he figures to be the backup again in the 2022-23 season, but if an expansion draft were to happen, he would be a guy that would have eyes on him.

Story originally appeared on Sixers Wire

Source: Yahoo Sports


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