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The Philadelphia 76ers sit atop of the Eastern Conference standings with a record of 18-9. They have a two game lead on the second place Milwaukee Bucks. The Sixers have performed well this season, thanks to MVP-caliber play from Joel Embiid, an improved Tobias Harris, and all-around performances from Ben Simmons. However, the Sixers are far from a finished product and can certainly use some help on the bench.
It’s unlikely that the Sixers will go “star hunting” before the deadline. The smart move is to make some minor tweaks to the bench rotation and add a ball handler that can provide some scoring as well. It appears that Daryl Morey is doing just that after a report came out today from Jason Dumas, stating that the Sixers have entered for the market for a backup point guard. According to Dumas, the Sixers have expressed interest in both Delon Wright of the Detroit Pistons and veteran George Hill of the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Delon Wright is 28 years old and was selected out of Utah 20th overall in the 2015 NBA Draft by the Toronto Raptors. From there, he was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies and had a stint with the Dallas Mavericks before landing in Detroit. This season, he is averaging 10.4 points per game and 4.9 assists per game with a .452/.364/.779 shooting split. The Pistons are not a contending team and will likely part with Wright in exchange for draft compensation. Wright would be the younger option of the two guards in discussion and the Sixers could certainly use his skillset off the bench.
George Hill would bring the Sixers much more experience. He has been in the NBA since 2008 and has played for seven different franchises. Currently, he’s a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder. He has appeared in 14 games this season due to injury but has started in all 14 appearances for the Thunder. Hill has plenty of experience in facilitating an offense and has played alongside both Giannis Antetokounmpo on the Bucks and LeBron James in Cleveland. This season, he is averaging 11.8 points and 3.2 assists on a .508/.386/.840 shooting split. Over his career, he’s averaging 11 points and 3.2 assists while shooting 50 percent from the field and 38 percent from three point range.
- Hill: $9.6 million with $1.25 million guaranteed for next season
- Wright: $9 million with a full $8.5 million guaranteed for next season
George Hill will cost the Sixers less to acquire but with Wright being younger, that might be viewed as more of a positive for the Sixers even with their general lack of cap space. Neither player is going to make-or-break a championship run for the Sixers but they certainly need help on the bench. Hill is likely the better fit given his experience and facilitating an offense off-ball with star players around him but in the end, either player would help.
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