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Matisse Thybulle, Jonah Bolden and T.J. McConnell are vacationing together during All-Star break

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Matisse Thybulle, Jonah Bolden and T.J. McConnell are vacationing together during All-Star break

Though the NBA All-Star festivities have officially come to an end, the Sixers aren’t set to play again for another three nights. When you’re an avid sports fan, that seems like an eternity.

What are Sixers fans supposed to do during this break while they wait for their favorite team to get back in action?

I suggest a daily dose of wholesome content.

Today's edition of wholesome content comes from a place of warmer weather, with Sixers old and new vacationing together.

That's right, Matisse Thybulle is currently on vacation with former Sixers T.J. McConnell and Jonah Bolden. The past and present of fan favorites have come together to enjoy the little break in their hectic schedules.

And by the look of things, they're definitely enjoying themselves with ... whatever they're doing here.

And when the players are on the court, fans care about their shoe choice  — so the same should apply off the court, right?

With that being said, Thybulle went with a white croc and is rockin' them. One might even say ... crockin' them. Yes, I actually wrote that.

Anyways, the Sixers are back in action Thursday night when they host the Nets. Then and only then will the bad puns stop ... maybe.

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Who should be the Sixers' 5th starter?

Who should be the Sixers' 5th starter?

After Al Horford came off the bench Tuesday for the first time since 2007, NBC Sports Philadelphia's Paul Hudrick and Noah Levick ask: Who should be the Sixers’ fifth starter? 

Hudrick 

With the way Brett Brown had been talking over the past week or so, it seemed like a change to the starting five was coming. Horford’s fit in the starting lineup has been clunky and the 33-year-old hasn’t been able to space the floor like GM Elton Brand hoped (32.7 percent from three).

In the first game of what could be a permanent change, Brown elected to go with Furkan Korkmaz, who was coming off back-to-back 30-point performances. Korkmaz had earned the opportunity, but if Horford comes off the bench for good, the guy I’d like to see start is Glenn Robinson III.

Robinson started the second half against the Clippers and was solid on both ends. His movement without the ball and ability from three makes him an ideal fit offensively. His ability to move his feet and be switchable on the perimeter makes the Sixers’ starting unit more dynamic defensively.

Korkmaz and Alec Burks seem like better options as instant offense off the bench. Rookie Matisse Thybulle could also be an option, but Robinson has proven to be a more reliable shooter.

Levick 

Thybulle is one possibility. The Sixers are 8-2 when he starts, a stat that catches one’s attention. Of course, that’s not a huge sample size, and there are other factors to consider. Thybulle has shot the ball poorly as a starter — 9 of 40 from three-point range — and been a negative offensively overall. When Thybulle has started, lineups with him have a 78 offensive rating. The idea of him guarding top offensive threats is appealing, but he doesn’t have to start to be given opportunities to do that. 

Korkmaz has shown he can explode off the bench. There’s no need to start him and compromise your defense at the beginning of the game.  

Burks seems best suited to being a spark for the second unit.

I’d also lean toward Robinson, who started 48 games this year with the Warriors. Steve Kerr often trusted Robinson to guard the opposition’s best player. Though Kerr didn’t have many great options for that job, Robinson appears capable of handling most starting-caliber NBA wings defensively. He also does his best work off the ball — curling around screens, cutting, sprinting to the corners in transition — which should fit well on the Sixers next to Ben Simmons.



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What should the Sixers' playoff rotation be?

What should the Sixers' playoff rotation be?

With the All-Star break upon us and two new players recently added to the mix, NBC Sports Philadelphia's Paul Hudrick and Noah Levick ask: What should the Sixers' playoff rotation be?

Hudrick 

Brett Brown has said his rotation will be around 10 for the rest of the regular season and that it’ll shrink to nine for the playoffs. With a roster full of options after the team acquired Alec Burks and Glenn Robinson III, Brown was a man of his word, playing 10 on Tuesday against the Clippers.

I wouldn’t expect the playoff rotation to differ too much from what we saw in that win. Mike Scott played just five minutes and would likely be the odd man out. As Burks and Robinson get more comfortable, I suspect they’d move ahead of 22-year-olds Matisse Thybulle and Furkan Korkmaz for minutes simply based on experience.

Give credit to GM Elton Brand. It would’ve been a real crapshoot to depend on two players as young as Thybulle and Korkmaz as your sixth and seventh men. Though he’s struggled this season, it’s not bad to have an insurance policy like Scott waiting in the wings as your 10th guy, either.

Levick 

The Sixers have options off the bench. That doesn’t mean they need to use all of them, but they do have the personnel to adapt to different matchups. Instead of an inflexible rotation, the goal should be optimizing what they have.

Assuming he continues to come off the bench, Al Horford is an obvious “sixth man.” Thybulle should still play a part because he can guard opposing stars, create turnovers and make open threes.  

It doesn’t seem like many spots are guaranteed. Burks can get his own shot out of stagnant offense, a valuable playoff skill. He might also be important, along with Josh Richardson, as someone who can run a pick-and-roll effectively. Robinson is shooting almost 40 percent from three-point range this season and can guard multiple positions. When he’s in the zone, Korkmaz looks unstoppable.

There’s probably a little more risk in playing Korkmaz over the other bench options. Even though Brown has praised his defensive improvement, Korkmaz is likely going to need to score in the playoffs to be a net positive. However, against a zone defense, in a situation where the Sixers need three-point shooting, or simply if he’s coming off a big game, it's possible Korkmaz would be preferable to Burks and/or Robinson. 

Scott didn’t play in the second half vs. the Clippers. Though he does have a recent track record of making important playoff shots, it appears likely he’ll have a peripheral role. 



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