One thought on every Philadelphia 76ers player 2 months into the season

The calendar has flipped to 2023 and that means the 2022-23 season is 2.5 months old. The Philadelphia 76ers are 35 games into their season and they are sitting at 21-14 as the No. 5 seed in the East. Not exactly where most saw the Sixers at this stage of the season, but the East is competitive and Philadelphia has dealt with a lot.

The Sixers have been dealing with a slew of injuries as Joel Embiid, James Harden, and Tyrese Maxey have all missed time, but they have gotten solid play up and down the roster in order to succeed as much as they have.

With a new month set to begin, here is one thought on every Sixers player heading into January:

Joel Embiid

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Once again, Embiid has been absolutely phenomenal out on the floor. He is averaging 33.2 points which is better than the 30.6 points he averaged to lead the league in the 2021-22 season as he continues to take strides forward. He should be involved more in the MVP conversation than he is at the moment.

James Harden

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Outside of the report that Harden wants to return to the Houston Rockets, The Beard has been very good out on the floor. He’s averaging 21.9 points and 11.1 assists and he’s shooting 37.4% from deep after shooting 32.6% from deep with the Sixers after the trade from the Brooklyn Nets. Harden’s 43.8% overall shooting is also close to his 44.2% career field goal percentage.

Tyrese Maxey

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Maxey has played only 16 games to begin the season, one in the month of December, and he’s averaging 22.0 points while shooting 41.9% from deep. If the Sixers can keep him healthy, they will be in a much better spot going forward with their title plans.

Tobias Harris

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Harris continues to chug along and be a consistent option for Philadelphia. He’s averaging 16.8 points while shooting 39.4% from deep on the season. He is still overpaid and he is a candidate to be moved at any moment, but when he is in his rhythm, he is a tough player to stop.

PJ Tucker

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Tucker’s impact is not going to be felt in November and December. There have been criticisms about his lack of scoring, and they are valid, but where Tucker will be felt the most is in April and May as he makes all of the hustle plays to help the Sixers win playoff games. With that being said, there have been a few moments where he has shown his 37 years so that will be something to watch going forward.

De'Anthony Melton

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Melton has been terrific for Philadelphia. He has had to start 25 games due to the injuries the Sixers have had to endure and he is averaging 12.0 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 2.1 steals while shooting 39.2% from deep. He has been one offseason addition who has worked out very well thus far.

Georges Niang

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Niang continues to understand his job in Philadelphia which is to just shoot 3-pointers. He’s shooting 40% from deep on the season and he has been better in putting the ball on the floor and being able to finish at the basket. He is still not the greatest defender, though as the Sixers move forward.

Shake Milton

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Milton has been terrific when thrust into his role as a starter. He’s averaging 20.9 points and shooting 54.2% from the floor in nine games as a starter and he’s averaging 6.7 points and shooting 47.6% from the floor in 22 games as a reserve. He needs to find that aggressive role as a scorer off the bench when called upon.

Matisse Thybulle

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Thybulle’s minutes have been up and down to begin the season as he is averaging a career-low 11.5 minutes. The Sixers have brought in other pieces at his position so he is in a bit of a logjam at that position. However, Philadelphia is now 5-1 when Thybulle gets a start as he continues to make a big impact on the defensive end.

Montrezl Harrell

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The backup center spot has been in flux all season long between Harrell and Paul Reed. When Harrell plays, the offense hums a bit better between his ability to score the ball while also being able to provide energy and he’s a good passer. His defense is an issue, but he’s an overall solid backup option.

Paul Reed

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Reed’s play has been erratic to begin the season. His offensive game is still not great, but his work on the defensive end has been a shining light for him. At this point, he needs to keep working and wait for the next opportunity to earn more minutes on the floor.

Danuel House Jr.

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House Jr.’s shooting hasn’t been where some would think as he’s shooting just 33.9% from deep, but he has been a fixture in Philadelphia’s rotation to begin the season. He has been a solid defensive player and he has brought a ton of energy off the bench when he does play.

Furkan Korkmaz

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Korkmaz appears to be the odd man out of the rotation with the logjam the Sixers have at his position. He is shooting just 32.4% from deep in 11.5 minutes per game, the lowest since his rookie season, and he played in only 20 games.

Jaden Springer

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Springer still has yet to really make an impact on the Sixers in the rotation. A first-round pick in the 2021 NBA draft, he has played in only seven games in his career. He continues to work in the G League and get the court time needed to grow as a player.

Story originally appeared on Sixers Wire