Sixers rank in top six of The Athletic’s offseason grades
The Philadelphia 76ers have had quite an offseason.
While they didn’t make any blockbuster moves, they certainly made a bunch of winning moves with the few resources they had. Of course, you could argue James Harden taking the significant pay cut that he did was a major move for the Sixers. Championship teams are born from sacrifice, and Harden sent a message to Daryl Morey and the Sixers that he is all-in on winning.
The Athletic graded all 30 teams based on their offseason moves so far. The Sixers finished top 6 in official grading. Here’s what was said about their offseason.
“No, the Sixers didn’t make the splashiest moves this offseason. But they did as well as I could’ve imagined considering the limited resources available. James Harden took a major pay cut in 2022-23, and he is now reunited with both P.J. Tucker and Danuel House Jr. because of it.
The Sixers were also able to turn Danny Green’s contract and the No. 23 pick into De’Antony Melton. All three acquisitions addressed their biggest roster issue: wing defense and depth. There might be more to come, and there’s still the question of whether it’s enough to get over the hump, but this has been a quietly rock-solid offseason in Philly.”
Rock-solid feels like an accomplishment for the Sixers. Especially considering the disaster of an offseason they had last summer, due in large part to Ben Simmons quitting the team. That left the Sixers in a very tough spot over the previous year, having no choice but to trade Simmons. They were able to turn the disgruntled star into James Harden on a team-friendly deal. And in hindsight, it also got them many new additions this offseason.
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