5 Sixers Secure Spots in NBA Top 100 Player Rankings
This offseason, the Sixers were hard at work building a roster that can contend for an NBA championship. Along with inking James Harden to a new team-friendly deal, Daryl Morey brought in an array of depth pieces in the form of De’Anthony Melton, P.J. Tucker, Danuel House Jr, and Montrezl Harrell.
Recently, the staff at CBS NBA put together a list of the NBA’s top 100 players heading into the 2022-23 season. With their newfound depth, the Sixers were well represented. Here is where the team’s potential five starters landed.
Sixers Players in Top 100
P.J. Tucker (93)
Just barely making the cut is the Sixers’ veteran free-agent signing. Despite being in his late-30s, Tucker has proven he is still a valuable role player in the league. After winning a championship with the Milwaukee Bucks back in 2021, he was part of the top-seeded Miami Heat. In 71 games last season, he averaged 7.6 PPG and 5.5 RPG while shooting a stellar 41.5% from beyond the arc.
Tobias Harris (69)
Don’t say it, don’t say it, don’t say it… Nice. While he is one of the more polarizing players on the Sixers, there is no denying Tobias Harris has become a foundational piece since arriving in 2019. The veteran forward played in 73 games last year and averaged 17.2 PPG, 6.2 RPG, and 3.5 APG.
Some of the notable names around Harris in the rankings include John Collins, Myles Turner, and Golden State Warriors guard Jordan Poole.
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Tyrese Maxey (52)
Fresh off a breakout season in 2022, Tyrese Maxey finds himself just outside the top 50. After playing sparingly as a rookie, the second-year guard stepped up in a big way for the Sixers during the Ben Simmons saga.
In his first season playing full-time, Maxey averaged 17.5 PPG, 3.2 RPG, and 4.3 APG. On top of this, he finished third in the NBA in three-point percentage at 42.7%. The emerging star landed ahead of players like Tyrese Haliburton, De’Aaron Fox, and Philly native Jalen Brunson.
James Harden (21)
Despite multiple critics stating that Harden is starting to lose a step, the former MVP still finds himself among the NBA’s top talents. After an offseason dedicated to training and getting right physically, the All-Star point guard is ready for a revenge tour.
From the moment he joined the Sixers after the All-Star break, Harden proved to be a massive upgrade for the team. Along with providing star power next to Joel Embiid, his elite-level facilitation made life easier for those around him. In his first 21 games with Philly, Harden averaged 21.0 PPG, 7.1 RPG, and 10.5 APG.
Joel Embiid (6)
Rounding out the list for the Sixers is their franchise cornerstone Joel Embiid. After finishing second in MVP voting for the second-straight year, the All-Star center lands at the sixth spot. Those ranked ahead of him are Luka Doncic, Nikola Jokic, Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, and Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Last season, Embiid did something that hadn’t been done in nearly two decades. While averaging a career-high 30.6 PPG, he became the first center to win the scoring title since Shaq in 2000.
Given that he’s been a fixture in the MVP race the past two years, a case can be made that the Sixers star belongs in the top five of these rankings.
Mandatory Credit: Forbes