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2019 NBA draft profile: Sharpshooter Tyler Herro could give the Sixers a huge boost at No. 24

2019 NBA draft profile: Sharpshooter Tyler Herro could give the Sixers a huge boost at No. 24

Position: Shooting guard

Height: 6-6

Weight: 192

School: Kentucky 

A three-point specialist can be labeled as a one-trick pony, but Tyler Herro is much more than that. His rising draft stock demonstrates the surprising diversity to his game.

Herro was a heralded recruit out of high school, showing up on the elite college radar after the high school summer camp circuit. He was always known as a scorer, but he’s proven to be more athletic and a better defender than he was given credit for when he first arrived at Kentucky.

Strengths

Hunter. That’s how I would first describe Herro’s game. No, I’m not talking about the outdoor sportsman or a bargain shopper. Herro is a hunter for his shot. He knows what works for him so well, that even at 19 years of age, he works tirelessly to get to his spot on the court and knock down his jumper. Watch a game and watch how much he runs; you’ll notice a striking resemblance to what it looks like to watch JJ Redick on the court for the Sixers. Herro may run a couple miles in a game, creating space and coming off screens. 

His shooting mechanics are textbook and his stroke is pure. Because of his youth, he can be a little inconsistent with his long-range shot at times, but as we saw in his lone season at Kentucky, that only improved. He is skilled at the three-point shot as well as at the mid-range jumper. 

The “3-and-D” phrase is perhaps thrown around too liberally at times, but it may end up applying to Herro. Look no further than the Wofford-Kentucky second-round NCAA Tournament game. Fletcher Magee came in as the nation’s leading three-point shooter at 151 makes last season and 509 in his career. Herro was tasked with defending Magee, who was coming off a win over Seton Hall in which he buried seven threes. In the loss to Kentucky, Magee made zero perimeter shots — 0 for 12. I’m not saying it was all Herro, but he was on him all game and it definitely affected Magee. 

Weaknesses

The first thing that jumps out about Herro is his size. His 6-foot-6, 192-pound frame isn’t the ideal NBA body. While he’s adept at coming off screens to shoot, he often hurries to set his feet and that accounts for some of his inconsistent numbers from the perimeter. He’s not a great passer and couple that with a loose handle, he is susceptible to turnovers and having the ball stolen. He’s more athletic than at first glance, but he doesn’t have the NBA speed that will allow him to consistently keep up with quicker guards. 

Fit

One of the bigger issues the Sixers faced, especially in the playoffs, was the lack of a long-range threat outside of Redick. In an ideal world, they re-sign Redick, Jimmy Butler and Tobias Harris. But that’s not necessarily reality, and even if they do, having a reliable, young perimeter shooter will provide dividends for years to come. 

Herro’s stock is rising after pre-draft workouts and a pro day, so he may not be around at 24 when the Sixers pick. But if he is, they should consider the greater need they’d fill for seasons to come.

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Sixers vs. Knicks: 3 storylines to watch and how to stream the game

Sixers vs. Knicks: 3 storylines to watch and how to stream the game

The Sixers (8-5) return to the Wells Fargo Center Wednesday to take on the Knicks (4-10) after a disappointing road trip.

Here are the essentials for tonight’s game:

When: 7 p.m. ET with Sixers Pregame Live at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Wells Fargo Center
Broadcast: NBC Sports Philadelphia
Live stream: NBCSportsPhiladelphia.com and the NBC Sports MyTeams app

And here are three storylines to watch:

Home cooking

Yes, the Sixers starting 8-5 is disappointing, and with the amount of talent they have, they should be better.

But they’ve had a brutal schedule to start the season. Not necessarily in the teams they’ve played, but with the amount they’ve had to travel. If it feels like you’ve barely seen the Sixers at the Wells Fargo Center, it’s because that’s the case. Just four of their first 13 games have been at home.

Wednesday’s game is the start of 14 of their next 20 at home. Thought it’s been only four games, the Sixers currently have the best defensive rating in the NBA at home. They still have other things to figure out, but this stretch should help. 

At full strength

If the starting five is able to finish the game Wednesday, it will mark just the fifth time they’ve played together for an entire contest this season. It’s a small sample size, but the Sixers’ starting unit has the fifth-best net rating in the NBA among five-man lineups that have played at least 70 minutes together. 

The players are far from a perfect fit together. The biggest issue seems to be Al Horford’s fit. He’s playing next to a center in Joel Embiid that the offense runs around. He’s also playing with the most untraditional point guard in NBA history in Ben Simmons. With his experience and willingness to fit any role, Horford still has plenty of time to figure it out.

Perhaps the most encouraging thing over the past two games has been the performance of the team’s other two starters — Tobias Harris and Josh Richardson. They’ve both shot the ball significantly better and more importantly are both looking more comfortable finding their spots on the floor. The pick-and-roll or two-man game with Embiid seems to have helped both players — when Embiid has rolled to the basket hard.

Bold strategy

It was an odd strategy when the Knicks decided to sign ALL the power forwards this offseason. Fourteen games in, the strategy isn’t any less head-scratching. Philly native Marcus Morris has played well, but New York is 4-10 and looking like they’ll be watching ping pong ball this summer.

They do have young pieces that are intriguing. Though Knicks fans clamored for Zion Williamson, his Duke teammate, R.J. Barrett, has been excellent in his rookie campaign. The No. 3 overall pick is third on the team in scoring (15.8 points per game) and is shooting a surprising 37 percent from three.

But it seems head coach David Fizdale is more interested in playing the team’s vets than giving time to high flyer Mitchell Robinson and second-year players Kevin Knox and Allonzo Trier. To each their own.

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Sixers release hype video officially revealing 2019-20 City Edition uniforms

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Sixers release hype video officially revealing 2019-20 City Edition uniforms

While a sneak peek last night from Sixers president Chris Heck teased the City Edition uniforms, they were officially revealed Wednesday morning with this epic hype video.

It seemed next to impossible to top last year’s design, as the theme was centered around local icon Rocky Balboa. Yes, Rocky is real and an icon but don’t get me started on that right now.

One season later and the Sixers went the historic route again. This time drawing inspiration from the iconic rich history of Philadelphia's culture. You can certainly appreciate the classic design, though they do seem fairly similar to the City Edition uniforms from the 2017-18 season.


Image credit: Twitter, NBA, NBC Sports Philadelphia 

Once it was hinted that the uniform had a copper stripe as an ode to the Liberty Bell, I was thinking of a National Treasure-esque hype video … but this one is equally (who am I kidding, this is definitely way better) than what I could’ve imagined. The artist, Alix Philogene, narrated the video to describe the every day people of Philadelphia and the grind this city has in a tribute called "What is Philly. 

Check it out:

 

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