Houston Rockets P.J. Tucker trade destination #5: Philadelphia 76ers
P.J. Tucker isn’t going to launch a team from outside the championship conversation into a Finals favorite, but he can bolster a contender’s championship odds. The Philadelphia 76ers have gotten off to a roaring start at 15-6 but they’ll likely need some reinforcements if they are going to make a serious run at a championship.
The Sixers General Manager, Daryl Morey, knows Tucker well and a reunion could bear fruit for both parties. Tucker would provide cover for Tobias Harris and be a replacement for Mike Scott who has been absolutely brutal this season.
The beauty, for the Sixers, in adding Tucker is that he can play alongside their starters or be a lynchpin for their second unit. Tucker’s offensive game is built around knocking down corner 3-pointers, which is where the Sixers take 25.7-percent of their threes from and is the sixth-highest mark in the league.
Tobias Harris and Seth Curry have both been unstoppable from 3-point range but it’s not realistic to expect them to continue to hit 46.4-percent (Harris) and 50-percent (Curry) of their 3-pointers. Tucker’s arrival would give the Sixers another proficient marksman to help offset any decline from their two most active sharpshooters.
The Sixers have a chance at a championship and P.J. Tucker raises their odds just enough that he should give them a fighting chance to reach their first Finals since 2001. The Sixers own their next four first-round picks and enough second picks to satisfy the Rockets’ demands.
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