3 reasons Sixers should look into Terrence Ross in the offseason

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The Philadelphia 76ers struggled massively with 3-point shooting throughout the NBA playoffs, shooting just 37.3%. The only player who shot well, throughout the playoffs, was Danny Green at 40.8%. With floor spacing being at a premium, more shooting is needed to space the floor better and create more driving lanes for James Harden and Tyrese Maxey.

The Orlando Magic are rebuilding, and 10-year veteran Terrence Ross does not expect to be part of their long-term plans. Therefore, he should be available for a trade at the right price.

He had a tough year shooting from 3 (29.2%), but most of the season was a throwaway for the Magic, who were looking toward the future. A guy like Ross would provide a much-needed spark for the Sixers.

Here are three reasons the Sixers need to trade for the veteran out of Washington:

1. Floor spacing

This might seem odd because Ross has never shot above 40% in the regular season, but it is important to remember he has been on some bad Magic teams.

He also had to take a high volume of shots, which often forced him into taking tough contested looks late in the shot clock. Playing with a higher level of talent and a great playmaker, Harden, increases the number of open looks he should get and his percentage should go up.

A big example some could look to is the 3-point improvement by Tobias Harris and Maxey after the All-Star break with Harden’s arrival. Harris shot 40% from deep after the break while Maxey shot a sizzling 48%. Harden could have a similar effect on Ross.

2. Bench scoring

The Sixers’ bench really struggled to score. Their reserves ranked 28th in the league in scoring per StatMuse. Other than Shake Milton, they don’t have a guy who create his shot, and Ross is a scorer at every level who can attack the rim. He also has a bit of freakish athleticism that won him a slam dunk contest. His finishing in transition can create easy buckets and take the pressure off the half-court offense.

3. Veteran experience

Ross has played in a great many games during his time in Toronto and Orlando. He has played with great players and in some big moments. He can bring that veteran experience and talent.

He has played 41 playoff games, and he averaged 16.2 points per game in the 2020 playoffs for the Magic off their bench. That type of offensive production would be a huge addition to a Sixers team still searching for answers on how to get production from the bench late in the season and in the playoffs.

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