Doc Rivers is excited about what Georges Niang can bring to Sixers

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The Philadelphia 76ers had a tumultuous offseason that has cast a pall over the organization. There will be a watchful eye on the organization until it resolves the Ben Simmons situation, but some offseason moves were solid.

One was bringing in Georges Niang on a two-year, team-friendly deal. The Sixers needed some big man depth behind Tobias Harris and Niang provides it. He gives coach Doc Rivers somebody he can rely on after not having many options in the 2021 playoffs.

“I thought that hurt us in the playoffs because the other team knew that, too, and they started going big,” said Rivers. “They knew at some point, gotta take Tobias out and that put us in a bind a little bit, but that’s going to happen. Every team has some kind of weakness. They really do. So, that was ours. I thought we addressed that.”

Niang also shot 42.5% from deep on 4.1 attempts in the playoffs, so this big addition gives the Sixers versatility even in small-ball lineups.

“Niang is, to me, the silent pickup that I personally think will really be big for us in a lot of ways,” Rivers added. “Especially if we try to play small-ball, because of his ability to stretch the floor.”

That type of endorsement from the head coach can do wonders for a player, especially somebody like Niang who is the new guy on the block on a team trying to win a championship.

“That gives me a ton of confidence,” beamed Niang. “The main reason I’m here is; I was able to have a conversation with Doc Rivers during free agency, and he expressed what he thought about me and how he thought I could help this team and those are some of my strengths. I think Philly’s a great fit for me. Just to be on the floor with someone like Joel Embiid or Tobias Harris where those guys draw so much attention which allows me to tee up open 3s and I think that helps space the floor for this team.”

Niang essentially replaces Mike Scott, who did not return in free agency. Scott was a fan favorite due to his personality and his hard-nosed style of play, but Niang is an upgrade who can help the team in more ways.

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