Who will step up for the 76ers in the absence of Tobias Harris?
Tobias Harris is expected to miss several games after being held out of last night’s game due to health/safety protocols. The Sixers also lost Danny Green in last night’s matchup due to hamstring tightness, and his availability going forward is still yet to be determined. So, what do the Sixers do with the lineup with Harris out and Green potentially missing time?
Last night, Furkan Korkmaz started in place of Harris, and this is the theme I see the Sixers sticking with because of Korkmaz’s floor spacing and ability to handle the ball. Kork also never has a problem with an increase in volume in his shots; he will gladly make up for the missing offense without Tobias.
The only issue I see with that is that the second unit has relied heavily on Korkmaz to be a creator on offense, but with the return of Shake Milton, they could lean on him to take over those responsibilities.
If both Harris and Green miss time, I would love to see Georges Niang get the nod into the starting lineup, and I wouldn’t mind him taking over the starting role in place of Korkmaz either. Defensively, Niang is very solid and has an incredibly high basketball IQ.
On the other end, he is a proficient shooter who has also proved to fit with any lineup on the floor. Niang has stepped up over the last few games, and with his veteran leadership, this could be a huge stretch for him.
Philadelphia’s reserves have collectively risen to the occasion over the last few games and have been the catalyst to a new wave of team basketball. With these guys getting more minutes in place of starters, we see an incredibly unselfish group’s mindset become contagious, and this stretch could end up being a formative time for the Sixers’ identity going forward.
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