It’s no secret that the Philadelphia 76ers are still one piece away from real contention. At least for now until Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid are fully developed. The Sixers mightily lacked a guy that can get his own bucket in the series loss to the Boston Celtics. They did a good job of taking away Simmons’ strengths and it made the Sixers offense slow and lethargic. An iso player changes all of that.
Bryan Colangelo & Brett Brown made it very clear today, @Sixers are seeking a superstar to add.
-Young core stars in place in Embiid, Simmons
-Have $, tradable pieces
-One big piece away from representing East
-State of art facility
Big offseason ahead.
— Jon Johnson (@jonjohnsonwip) May 11, 2018
There’s no denying Robert Covington and his one good shooting game a month makes you want to rip your hair out. Paul George shot 40% from deep this past season. As for Leonard, he shot 38% in 2016-17 and 44% in 2015-16. It’s also on the defensive side of the ball where Covington can be inconsistent at times. He gets beat quite a lot. Sometimes his length makes up for it, sometimes it doesn’t. I’m not gonna sit here and say he’s not a good defender. He is. But consistency is key.
Paul George just finished his eight season and Kawhi Leonard finished his seventh despite not playing much this past year due to injury. However, acquiring Leonard also means you’re getting a former Finals MVP. Experience is something Covington and the other wings on the roster just can’t bring yet. And there’s nothing wrong with that. This is a young team. These guys have been around long enough that it’s like having another coach out on the floor.
I don’t know if they keep a stat on missed dunks and layups, but if they did, I’m sure Robert Covington would be at the top of that list. It would be so deflating to watch the Sixers get a stop or force a turnover only to see them not be able to take advantage of it because of Covington’s inability to go up strong with the ball.
Covington was the only real weak link in the Sixers’ starting lineup. A lineup that finished with the best net rating in the league. This sounds like a hate article on him, but it’s really not. I just believe he’s best suited as a 10-15 minute a night guy off the bench.
Adding Leonard could potentially mean losing Markelle Fultz or Dario Saric. That sucks, but the team who lands the best player in the deal tends to win the trade. But on the other hand, the only thing you lose is cap space by sighing George. It will be an interesting summer to say the least.