The Philadelphia 76ers are going to be one of the best teams in the league heading into the 2022-23 season regardless of whether they make another trade or not, but considering they have Daryl Morey running things, a trade is never out of the question.
On paper, Philadelphia has one of the strongest rosters in the NBA. Led by James Harden and Joel Embiid, the Sixers figure to be a top contender in a tough Eastern Conference as they look to win their first title since 1983.
With that being said, they could always use an upgrade to the bench unit and continue to push forward. A mock trade from Bleacher Report has the Sixers acquiring Buddy Hield in a deal with the Indiana Pacers.
The fake trade proposal
Pacers receive: Tobias Harris, a 2028 first-round pick swap, and a 2029 first-round pick
76ers receive: Buddy Hield
B/R on why the Sixers do this deal
Hield is four inches shorter than Harris and probably limits the team’s defensive ceiling a bit more than Harris, but he’s one of the best high-volume three-point shooters in league history.
He’s tied for third all time in career threes made per game, and his career three-point percentage is a well-above-average 39.8.
For a team on the title contenders’ tier (or at least close to it), more financial flexibility and the ability to surround Harden-Embiid pick-and-rolls with the outside shooting of Hield and two more above-average floor-spacers is worth a pick swap and a way-in-the-future first.
Analyzing the deal from a Sixers standpoint
Hield is a guy who a lot of Sixers fans have their eyes on in order to add another shooter to the roster. With that being said, as elite of a shooter Hield is, he is not the greatest defender. He shot 36.6% from deep in the 2021-22 season on 8.8 attempts. That percentage and the high volume of 3-point attempts are perfect fits for this roster, but defensively, Harris takes the cake in that respect.
The only way one could see the Sixers consider this deal is if they believe that the Harris and PJ Tucker fit up front wouldn’t work with Harris moving back to small forward. With Hield, Philadelphia would play a little smaller and the floor would be spaced better on offense so there is that factor.