Philadelphia Sixers 2022-23 Season Preview

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The Philadelphia 76ers look to get past the second round of the playoffs. Last season Sixers fell short of that mark losing to the Miami Heat 4-2 in the second round. With key new additions and determined head coach, the Sixers pose a threat to make a run for it all.

Key Addition

Coaching Staff

Doc Rivers, head coach and his assistant coaches Sam Cassel, Dave Joerger, Dan Burke, Brian Adams, Eric Hughes and Jamie Young look to improve from last season. Last season, Sixers went 51-31 good enough for the fourth seed in the 2022 playoffs. That record was the best record under Head Coach Doc Rivers, who is entering his 3rd year with the team. Rivers signed a 5 year, $40 million total, with an average annual value (AAV) of $8 million. Rivers and company has a more rounded team to work with.

Draft Picks

Philadelphia only had 1 pick, the 23rd overall pick. They used that to draft David Roddy, he was later traded to Memphis. Roddy, 21 years old, went to Colorado State for 3 years before declaring for the Draft. There he was named Mountain West Conference player of the year for 2021-2022.

Free Agents

Sixers made a splash in free agency signing P.J tucker and Montrezl Harrell. Tucker, signed to a 3 year contract. Tucker was a target for the Sixers not only because he has the experience of playing in the NBA Playoffs but defense is a big part of his game. Harrell, signed to a 2 year contract. In need of center depth, Sixers previous looked to Dwight Howard in 2020-2021, Deandre Jordan in 2021-2022, now they look to Harrell for the 2022-2023 season. Team also signed Danuel House Jr., and Trevelin Queen. All 4 of these players played for the Rockets, where James Harden also played and Daryl Morey was the president.

Other Key Additions

After the 2021-2022 season James Harden’s contract was up. He signed a 2 year contract while taking a significant pay cut to help bring P.J. Tucker and Montrezl Harrell. However, the only trade the Sixers made during the offseason was to acquire DeAnthony Melton from Memphis. Trading David Roddy, Sixers 23rd overall pick, and Danny Green for DeAnthony Melton. Melton helps bring depth to the guard position and adds scoring coming off the bench.

Key Losses: Danny Green, Deandre Jordan, Paul Milsap, Andre Drummond, Seth Curry, and Ben Simmons.

Season Outlook

The franchise has a long season ahead but things are looking bright. With the new additions the Vegas odd has the team win total at 50.5. This team is capable of winning 50+ games this season. The club has depth in every position and scoring off the bench, unlike last season where the team was in need of scoring off the bench.

Philadelphia 76ers Depth Chart

PG: Tyrese Maxey, De’Anthony Melton, Shake Milton

SG: James Harden, Furkan Korkmaz, Isaiah Joe

SF: Tobias Harris, Matisse Thybulle, Danuel House Jr.

PF: P.J. Tucker, Georges Niang

C: Joel Embiid, Montrezl Harrell, Paul Reed

Preseason Schedule:

October 3rd – 7:30 PM ET. 76ers vs. Brooklyn Nets @ Barclays Center

October 5th – 7 PM ET. 76ers vs Cleveland Cavaliers @ Wells Fargo Center

October 10th – 7 PM ET. 76ers vs. Cleveland Cavaliers @ Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse

October 12th – 7 PM ET. 76ers vs Charlotte Hornets @ Wells Fargo Center

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