NEW YORK–The Philadelphia 76ers were one of the busier teams in the offseason when they swung a draft night trade for De’Anthony Melton and then went out and brought in PJ Tucker, Danuel House Jr., and Montrezl Harrell in free agency.
The expectation is that the Sixers will have tougher players who can contribute on both ends of the floor to help their core of Joel Embiid, James Harden, Tyrese Maxey, and Tobias Harris succeed.
They got a taste of that in Monday’s preseason win over the Brooklyn Nets when Melton made a big impact on the defensive end and Harrell had 10 points and five rebounds in 12 minutes before fouling out.
“I think they’ve improved,” said Nets coach Steve Nash. “They did a good job this summer in improving their roster. They have more depth, more options, so they’ve done a good job.”
Nash and the Nets figure to be one of the top teams in the league in the upcoming season led by Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and former Sixers star Ben Simmons. Therefore, Philadelphia will have to hope their new additions can make that much of a difference and continue to push forward in a tough Eastern Conference.
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