The Sixers’ rotation is going to look a little different Friday night than it did in Tuesday's loss vs. the Raptors.
After the Sixers’ trade Wednesday with the Clippers, we analyze the strengths and weaknesses of Tobias Harris, Boban Marjanovic and Mike Scott in this week’s film review.
Harris should complement Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons and Jimmy Butler very well.
His best skill is his shooting — he’s hitting three-pointers at a 43.4 percent clip this season, and you’d imagine he’ll get more open shots in the Sixers’ offense. On the play below, notice the way he subtly slides over from the wing into the corner and takes advantage of the Sixers’ confusion on a switch.
Harris is far from just a spot-up shooter. He’s good at attacking mismatches when he gets a switch on a pick-and-roll, when he gets a favorable matchup in transition, or when he simply knows he’s a step quicker than his defender, as is the case on this play. Though he’s a right-handed shooter, Harris is very strong driving to his left and will generally choose that option when he has the chance.
Another strength of his game is his floater, a shot he uses often. With Amir Johnson playing drop coverage on the pick-and-roll, Harris put in a beautiful one over the Sixers’ big man on Nov. 1.
Though Harris’ floater is excellent, he sometimes settles or fades away instead of taking the ball all the way to the rim.
His ability to create for others is not a strong suit. It would be unfair to classify it as a massive weakness — he’s averaging 2.7 assists per game this season and can hit the open man. But he doesn’t have great feel as a passer. His instinct to hit Marcin Gortat is correct on the play below, but he overshoots him by a couple feet.
Still, Harris is a very good offensive player, and he’s an above-average defender too. He handled Ben Simmons better than most in their two matchups this season, sliding his feet well to cut off possible transition opportunities and using his length intelligently.
Harris is also an alert defender off the ball, though he doesn’t force a ton of turnovers (0.7 steals and 0.4 blocks per game). And he’s not a lost cause when switched onto smaller, perimeter players.
You might have heard that Marjanovic is a large man. In fact, at 7-foot-3, 290 pounds he’s the biggest player in the NBA.
Marjanovic is an incredibly efficient scorer, with 6.9 points per game in a career-high 10.7 minutes this season. Many of his points come from lay-ups and no-jump dunks, but he has a nice hook shot in his arsenal as well.
Defensively, Marjanovic uses his size to deter opponents from the paint and swat away shots. However, defense is where he’s most vulnerable. He doesn’t have the foot speed to cope with big men who can stretch the floor, or even centers with Joel Embiid’s quickness and agility in the post.
Scott is a stretch-four who comes into Philadelphia on a bit of a hot streak, shooting 53.3 percent from three-point range over his past twelve games. Out of his 2.6 three-point attempts per game, 2.2 are of the catch-and-shoot variety.
Besides his shooting, Scott doesn’t have any great strengths. He’s not an elite athlete and, at 6-foot-8, is usually a little undersized on the interior. The sequence below is a good example of what you’re getting from Scott defensively. While he sticks with the play and eventually comes away with the rebound after Joel Embiid misses an easy shot, he’s typically not going to pose many issues for bigger players down low.
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