The Sixers, now with 6 centers on the roster, have zero choice but to run an All-Center Lineup this season
Yesterday, the Philadelphia 76ers announced that they would be signing two more players in Filip Petrusev and Azuolas Tubelis.
Here’s some quick information on both players via the Sixers’ official press releases. I fully admit that I have zero clue who either of them are or why the Sixers feel like they needed two more centers on their roster, but we’ll get into that below.
During the 2022-23 season, Petrušev played in 72 games (34 Euroleague, 33 Liga ABA, five tournament play) for Serbian club Crvena zvezda, averaging 11.0 points and 4.9 rebounds while shooting 57.3% from the field. Petrušev helped lead the team to its 23rd Basketball League of Serbia title, the most in league history. In Euroleague play, Petrušev earned Week 17 MVP honors.
Azuolas Tubelis (Two-Way Contract)
Tubelis was a consensus 2022-23 Second Team All-American as a junior at the University of Arizona, averaging 19.8 points on 57.0% shooting and 9.1 rebounds in 35 regular-season games (34 starts). These numbers made Tubelis the seventh player in Pac-12 history, and first since the 2005-06 season, to lead the conference in points (19.8) and rebounds (9.1).
Sixers fans, get excited! (T-Mac Voice)
Not much positive news to say about the Philadelphia 76ers these days but at the VERY least, we now have six big men on the roster, right?
I mean I guess that’s somewhat entertaining.
Petrusev and Tubelis will join Joel Embiid, Mo Bamba, Paul Reed, and Montrezl Harrell on the Sixers’ roster, which is now shaping up to be the biggest team ever constructed in NBA history.
At this point, Nick Nurse has no choice but to run the All-Center lineup at some point this season.
If Daryl Morey and the Sixers’ front office want to build a roster like this, you really have no other choice but to run Embiid at point with four other centers on the court. It’s not like Morey cares either. He’s out there sending out ridiculous tweets like the one below and clearly doesn’t take his job or the Sixers’ organization as whole seriously.
Side Note: Is it possible that Daryl Morey is breaking down because he’s best buddy now hates him? Is he completely throwing the Sixers’ organization in the trash now that James Harden can’t stand him? Worth questioning, but I doubt you’ll ever get a serious answer.
Screw it, right? You want to waste a year and do a quick rebuild of this roster until you rid yourselves of James Harden and Tobias Harris and actually have some money and draft stock that’s worth something, then you might as well go crazy this season and break out the All-Center lineup at the Wells Fargo Center this season.
Plus, it’s not like the Sixers would have much of a choice anyways. This roster is so “big heavy” that they don’t even have enough backup guards to survive the season anyways.
What a mess…lol