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What they’re saying: Sixers didn’t just get better, they screwed over the Celtics and Raptors in the process

What they're saying: Sixers didn't just get better, they screwed over the Celtics and Raptors in the process

Now that we have had just a little over 12 hours to digest the Sixers’ huge commerce deadline transfer — buying Tobias Harris from the Clippers in a six-player deal — the scorching takes are starting to chill down and we’re beginning to get some precise evaluation of what this deal means for Philly (and the remainder of the Japanese Convention) shifting ahead.

We have already checked out a number of angles of the second massive commerce of the Elton Model Period, together with the way it will impression Brett Brown’s rotation and the way it might alter the panorama of the East for a number of totally different causes. And that wasn’t even the Sixers final transfer of the day…

Now, nevertheless, it is time to have a look round the nation to see what others are saying about the commerce. 

[Spoiler warning: It is good for the Sixers, not a lot for the remainder of their convention.]

And the winners are…

Tom Haberstroh | NBC Sports activities

As is customary every time a commerce is made in sports activities, everybody rushes to declare a winner and a loser. And that is just what Tom Haberstroh of NBC Sports activities did. However there was a catch. 

See, he believes this can be a win-win commerce and has each groups concerned listed underneath his winners. This is what he needed to say about the Sixers now that they’ve landed a brand new starter in Harris.

Tobias Harris just isn’t just an excellent shooter. He’s an ideal shooter. Pop quiz: What number of gamers have made extra Three-pointers over the final two seasons and at a better fee than Harris (295 3s at a 42.Zero-percent clip)? 

The reply is just two: Stephen Curry (427 Three-pointers on 43.7 %) and Buddy Hield (359 Three-pointers on 44.5 %). That’s how good Harris is from past the arc. And he’s capturing north of 50 % from the corners, the place the 76ers need assistance.

Don’t reduce him as just a shooter. Harris is a large physique at 6-foot-9 and 235 kilos who can run a pick-and-roll and run in transition. Amongst the 36 gamers with a minimum of 250 ending performs as the pick-and-roll ball-handler, solely seven gamers have been extra environment friendly than Harris, in response to Synergy monitoring. He ranks a smidge forward of Kevin Durant and just under LeBron James and Kawhi Leonard. Harris is inferior to Durant or almost as constant, however Paul George could also be the solely superior Durant proxy in the league. … 

Higher but, the 76ers nonetheless have one other trick up their sleeve. Discover that Markelle Fultz was not included in the commerce, leaving them with one other commerce chip to enhance the depth. The staff exchanged 5 rotation gamers — Wilson Chandler, Dario Saric, Robert Covington, Landry Shamet and Mike Muscala — into two stars. Don’t be stunned if they go on a hunt for an additional wing shooter. Control Memphis’ Garrett Temple, Miami’s Wayne Ellington (and Rodney MacGruder) and Orlando’s Terrence Ross. On the buyout market, Wesley Matthews is predicted to be a goal for Philly.

Philadelphia isn’t the favourite to win the East. However from my vantage level, no group has higher odds.  [nbcsports.com]

Simply because he declared each the Sixers and Clippers winners doesn’t suggest there aren’t losers. Haberstroh lists each the Celtics and Raptors as losers, despite the fact that they weren’t immediately concerned in any respect in this.

Does that make this a win-win-win state of affairs for Sixers followers?

The North going south?

Sean Deveney | Sporting Information

Now, it is time to get into why this commerce is so dangerous for the remainder of the Japanese Convention, apart from the apparent proven fact that the Sixers improved their roster. This is Sean Deveny of the Sporting Information to offer you the Raptors’ perspective. 

The Sixers commerce is a double-whammy for the Raptors. Now, in addition to the Bucks and Celtics, Philadelphia have to be thought-about a convention contender. The second spherical of the playoffs now figures to be a killer for all 4 of the prime East groups, however particularly Toronto. The Raptors are 1-Three this yr towards Milwaukee and 1-2 towards Boston.

However it will get worse for the North. Not solely does a strengthened Sixers workforce give the Raptors one other East group to fret about, it cleared out ample cap area for the Clippers, who despatched Harris, Boban Marjanovic and Mike Scott to the Sixers and obtained again two first-round picks (the Sixers’ in 2020 and the Warmth’s in 2021) and two second-round picks, plus Chandler, rookie guard Landry Shamet and huge man Mike Muscala.

With out the free-agent maintain for Harris in place, the Clippers could have almost $50 million in cap area on July 1, and the belongings to create more room earlier than then. And the Clippers, quietly, have made no bones about their want to signal Leonard, a Southern California native who has indicated he’d wish to return house.

The dream state of affairs for the Clippers is a package deal signing of each Leonard and Warriors star Kevin Durant, and whereas which will nonetheless be a longshot, there’s a a lot better probability of it coming to fruition in the wake of this deal.  [sportingnews.com]

Oh, Danny boy

Joshua Schrock | NESN.com

Not solely did the Sixers handle to probably screw up the Raptors’ plans, however they additionally managed to harm Danny Ainge’s probabilities of bringing Anthony Davis to Boston. Oh, and the Clippers have been going to have to surrender their 2019 first-round decide to the Celtics if they made the playoffs, one thing that nearly definitely will not be occurring now.

The fast influence of the commerce is obvious: the 76ers now have the greatest beginning 5 in the Japanese Convention. … In reality, the solely staff in the NBA who can put out a extra gifted beginning 5 is the two-time defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors. …

Philadelphia’s transfer for Harris additionally may harm the Celtics in their final pursuit of Anthony Davis and impression Boston’s draft standing.

After buying Philadelphia’s 2020 first-round decide and the Miami Warmth’s unprotected 2021 first-round decide in the Harris commerce, the Clippers now might have the draft belongings essential to tempt the New Orleans Pelicans into making a Davis commerce. The star ahead reportedly would signal a long-term cope with the Clippers if dealt there, and LA now can supply the two picks acquired in the Harris deal and two of their very own together with contracts and a younger participant to land the franchise star Boston covets and can’t commerce for till after July 1.

LA buying and selling Harris additionally alerts they’ll be dropping out of the playoff race and thus might be preserving their 2019 first-round draft decide, which might be Boston’s if it was outdoors of the lottery. If the Clippers miss the playoffs subsequent yr as properly, then Boston will obtain two second-round draft picks from LA to finish a  2016 draft day commerce.  [nesn.com]

No marvel the solely one that didn’t like the commerce was Invoice Simmons, who referred to as it “desperate” and “weird.”

Beasts of the East?

Tim Bontemps | ESPN.com

So the place does this depart the remainder of the Japanese Convention, this season and past? Tim Bontemps of ESPN seems to be at how the remainder of the contenders in the East might reply to this blockbuster deal by the Sixers… 

four. The race to the prime of the Japanese Convention just acquired harder

Assuming Philadelphia is ready to pull this off and maintain Simmons, Butler, Harris and Embiid collectively long run, the Sixers must be a menace in the East for years to return. Extra importantly, they clearly are going for it this season.

The query now’s how do the different contenders — the Boston Celtics, Toronto Raptors and Milwaukee Bucks — react? The Bucks have possible already made their massive strikes, whereas the Celtics have to attend till the offseason to make the swing they’ve been plotting for years — making an attempt to land Anthony Davis. (Observe: The Clippers virtually definitely lacking the playoffs additionally signifies that Boston should wait to see if it may get their decide in 2020. If the Clippers miss the playoffs this season and subsequent, that first turns into two second-round picks.)

That leaves the Raptors as the group most certainly to counter with an aggressive transfer, and it will not be a shock if Toronto does one thing vital between now and Thursday afternoon.

The Raptors have each incentive to go for it this season. Leonard is a free agent and Toronto has all the time needed to play catch-up to attempt to persuade him to remain. Masai Ujiri has by no means been scared of creating a transfer. Whether or not the Raptors can discover the proper transfer stays to be seen, however do not anticipate them to let the deadline move with out turning over each risk.  [espn.com]

Do not ever inform me the odds

Nick Schwartz | For The Win

Nicely, we will inform them to you anyway, since the Sixers at the moment are tied with the Celtics for the second-best odds in the East to win the NBA title this season.

It stays to be seen how formidable the Sixers shall be with Harris in the beginning lineup, as Jimmy Butler’s introduction to the workforce wasn’t precisely painless. Nonetheless, Harris is a borderline All-Star who had been placing up profession numbers this season for the Clippers. His arrival made an on the spot impression on the Sixers’ championship odds in Las Vegas – although the Celtics are nonetheless favored to emerge from the Japanese Convention. All odds are from the Westgate Tremendous E-book, by way of @golfodds.

NBA title odds on January 28th:

Warriors 2/5
Celtics eight/1
Raptors eight/1
Rockets 12/1
Bucks 12/1
Thunder 14/1
76ers 16/1

NBA title odds on February sixth:

Warriors 2/5
Celtics eight/1
76ers 10/1
Raptors 10/1
Bucks 12/1


However is it sufficient?

Chris Herring | FiveThirtyEight

Over at FiveThirtyEight, Chris Herring took a take a look at whether or not or not the Sixers now have sufficient to make it to the NBA Finals. Whereas FiveThirtyEight ranks the Sixers as the greatest roster in the East — and second-best in the NBA — they might nonetheless lack the bench depth to make a deep playoff run.

If the Sixers weren’t all in after the Butler commerce, they definitely at the moment are. However did the move1 put Philly over the prime in the East? There’s some uncertainty round that reply — or at the very least extra uncertainty than a staff that just cashed in many future belongings would really like.

Sure, relying on the metric you take a look at, Philadelphia may be seen as the strongest group in the Japanese Convention. FiveThirtyEight’s CARMELO projections have the Sixers’ present roster ranked as the greatest in the convention and second-best in the league, with a score of 1704.2 The workforce’s chance of reaching the NBA Finals and profitable the title elevated because of the commerce, to 16 % (from 13 % final week) and four % (from Three %), respectively.

Apparently, although, Philly’s probability of reaching the promised land — regardless of having maybe the convention’s greatest beginning 5 now — nonetheless ranks behind three contenders out East, in Toronto, Milwaukee and even Boston. Every of these groups has a deeper bench than the Sixers, one thing this commerce didn’t essentially assist.  [fivethirtyeight.com]

The excellent news is, there’s nonetheless a while earlier than the deadline to deal with that. Keep tuned…

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