The Sixers have made pretty big moves at the deadline of late. Last season we acquired Tobias Harris, Mike Scott, and Jimmy Butler among others. This deadline was not expected to be as earth-shattering with bench assets as the biggest need.
Elton Brand made two moves, the first included Alec Burks and Glenn Robinson for 3 second-round picks, both improve our bench depth dramatically. The second sent guard James Ennis to Orlando for a second-round pick.
Burks and Robinson both dramatically improve the bench shooting, Robinson while starting with the Warriors this season shooting 40% from deep in 48 games and averaging 12.9 points a game. Obviously, he won’t be able to play as much in Philly, but this should be a major improvement in a huge area of need.
Burks also has been having a career year, averaging 16.1 PPG and shooting a solid 37% from three.
Adding guys like Burks and Robinson should dramatically improve our bench, and ideally can help us improve the outside shooting problems this team has struggled with. With solid contributions from Furkan and Mattise, this can only improve our team without all of our starters out there. This could dramatically help the chemistry and shooting issues if utilized correctly. Expect Coach Brown to put them in and out of the lineup until they feel comfortable in their new roles, hopefully, these surging players can help spark some offense that this team desperately needs.
Both Burks and Robinson will be available tonight as the Sixers take on the Chicago Bulls at home.