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The 2019-20 Sixers' best moments before the All-Star break

The 2019-20 Sixers' best moments before the All-Star break

The Sixers are 34-21 at the All-Star break. In 10 years, that's likely not what we'll remember.

In the video above, Danny Pommells and Tyrone Johnson look at the team's best moments so far this season. 

Embiid’s dunk and shimmy in Atlanta 

Not every positive Sixers moment this season has come at home, even if it sometimes feels that way.

Early in the third quarter of the team’s third game of the season, Joel Embiid pump faked on Alex Len, took two strong dribbles to the rim and threw down a loud dunk on John Collins, the kind that stops you in your tracks and makes you itch for a replay.

This replay was unique in that it included Embiid, after staring down Collins, doing a little shimmy in his direction. 

He picked up a technical foul but later made the game-winning free throws with 5.3 seconds to go, and had 36 points and 13 rebounds on the night. 

The Embiid-Towns fight 

There was a lot happening on Oct. 30 at Wells Fargo Center. 

Joel Embiid and Karl-Anthony Towns were suspended two games for their roles in a chaotic fight, while Ben Simmons — the “peacemaker” — avoided suspension despite having Towns on the floor in a headlock at one point. 

Korkmaz’s 65-point weekend 

Did anyone think Furkan Korkmaz would lead the team in made three-pointers at the All-Star break? Thirteen of those threes came this past weekend, when Korkmaz scored a career-high 34 points vs. the Grizzlies, then followed that up with 31 against the Bulls.  

And it wasn’t just threes. His drive and one-handed dunk against Chicago was one of many highlights that delighted the Sixers’ bench. 

Simmons’ acrobatic layup vs. the Clippers 

Simmons attempted a season-high 22 field goals in the Sixers’ win Tuesday over the Clippers, every one of which came from the paint. He played an excellent all-around game, posting his sixth triple-double of the year with 26 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists.

It’s hard to properly describe his circus shot in the third quarter. Simmons drove across the lane to his right, started to spin back for a half-second and then, as he was losing his balance, released a near-backhanded shot with his right hand that somehow went in. 



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NBA rumors: Insider has a couple of trade targets in mind for Sixers

NBA rumors: Insider has a couple of trade targets in mind for Sixers

The Sixers’ substantial commitments to Al Horford, Tobias Harris, Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons limit their options moving forward.

However, NBC Sports National NBA Insider Tom Haberstroh does have a couple of trade targets in mind for the team this offseason.

He thinks Nets wing Joe Harris, the NBA’s leader in three-point percentage last season, should be a player of interest. 

Harris will be an unrestricted free agent and the Nets will have his Bird Rights, which means they’ll be able to go over the salary cap to re-sign him.

The Nets could orchestrate a complicated Joe Harris sign-and-trade to get him to Philly but it would likely require Philly giving up an asset like Matisse Thybulle in the deal,” Haberstroh writes. “It’s hard to see the pathway to get a Harris-(Tobias) Harris swap (Tobias makes $34.3 million next season), but the Sixers should at the very least kick the tires on what it’d take to acquire the best free agent shooter on the 2020 market. 

For as elite a shooter as Joe Harris is, that does not sound like a good deal from the Sixers’ perspective — at all. Tobias Harris, in the first year of a five-year, $180 million contract, has averaged 19.6 points, 6.9 rebounds and 3.1 assists. He’s not an All-Star, but he’s a well above-average player who also helps bind the team together with his leadership. Thybulle is a talented young defender potentially under team control through the 2022-2023 season. The Sixers could use more shooting but this particular idea, in our view, is not the right way to acquire it.

The other name Haberstroh raises is veteran Kings forward Nemanja Bjelica.

If Bjelica hadn’t made a last-minute reversal in 2018 free agency, he'd be on the Sixers right now,” he writes. “Bjelica is due $7.2 million next season and the Kings have an interesting offseason ahead with Bogdan Bogdanovic being a restricted free agent. Trading for Philly’s (Josh) Richardson could be a fallback option if Bogie’s pricetag gets too high for Sacramento’s liking.

Engaging with the Kings would certainly make sense. Harrison Barnes and Buddy Hield are two other players it would be logical to consider.

Richardson is under contract for 2020-21 and then has an $11.6 million player option the following season. While he hasn’t fit as well as the Sixers hoped in his first season here, his perimeter defense remains valuable. One imagines the Sixers could get a better return for him than a 32-year-old stretch four. 

You can read Haberstroh’s full piece on the Sixers, including some of the major questions facing the team heading into the playoffs, here

And, if you’re interested in more national discussion on the Sixers, Haberstroh and ESPN’s Pablo Torre discussed the team on the latest episode of The Habershow podcast. Torre still believes in the potential of the Simmons-Embiid duo and finds watching Horford play on the Sixers “infuriating.”

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Sixers Talk podcast: Ready or not, here come the Celtics

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Sixers Talk podcast: Ready or not, here come the Celtics

On this edition of the Sixers Talk podcast, we discuss our concern over Joel Embiid's health, the OKC pick conveying, the first-round matchup vs. the Celtics and much more.

(0:52) — Short night (and negative X-rays) for Joel Embiid.
(9:00) — Thanks to Mike Muscala, the Sixers have a first-round pick.
(13:37) — What will Brett Brown do with the rotation?
(27:26) — Pressure on Brown coaching against Brad Stevens, Celtics.
(39:47) — Confidence in pairing of Shake Milton and Josh Richardson?

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