To the surprise of many, the Sixers did not pull off a major trade on Thursday.
George Hill will be a great addition to this team; however, with names like Kyle Lowry and Lonzo Ball floating around the rumor mill, many people were underwhelmed.
Despite their lack of activity at the deadline, the Sixers are still primed to make a run at a title this year.
It is hard not to look around the league at other teams and think the Sixers took a step back at the deadline…
- The Nets absolutely tore up the buyout market by adding Blake Griffin and LaMarcus Aldridge
- The Lakers added Andre Drummond
- The Nuggets swung a deal with Orlando for Aaron Gordon
- The Heat stole Victor Oladipo from the Rockets
- Even the Celtics, who are lurking in the standings, got better with the addition of Evan Fournier
All of these teams got better, but so did the Sixers as well.
Just because George Hill is not a flashy name doesn’t mean he will flop in Philadelphia. Hill, running the second unit, will take playmaking responsibilities off of Shake Milton, who will be able to slide back to his natural spot at the two. Another advantage Hill brings to this Sixers squad is his playoff experience. For a team with championship expectations, that experience will surely pay off.
The next thing you have to look at with what the Sixers did at the deadline is the reported package the Raptors wanted for Kyle Lowry. It was no secret the Sixers were interested in bringing Lowry home to Philadelphia. However, a package of Matisse Thybulle, Tyrese Maxey, and two first-round picks was way too much to give up for a 35-year-old free agent to be.
Lowry would have given the starting lineup a boost, but the trade would have decimated our depth. In the savvy move to acquire George Hill, Daryl Morey bolstered the bench without giving up much value. At the end of the day, the risk-reward factor in the deal Toronto wanted was not worth mortgaging the future.
Ultimately the biggest reason why the Sixers are title contenders is Doc Rivers. He has Joel Embiid playing at an MVP level. Ben Simmons has bought into Rivers’ system and is playing his role perfectly. Tobias Harris is playing at an elite level.
The difference between this Sixers team and teams in the past is the coach and his system. When you have a well-oiled machine such as this Sixers team, you make minor adjustments.
Going out and getting a star player at a reasonable price would have been great. Unfortunately, the right deal was never on the table.
Morey still went out and found a way to improve the roster. Expect Doc Rivers to get his team firing on all cylinders as the season wraps up.
The Sixers have gathered all of the right pieces.
The only thing left is for the team to execute.
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