ESPN’s Pelton gives Philadelphia Sixers ‘A’ offseason grade


Throughout the NBA offseason, the Philadlephia Sixers were one of the teams that made significant changes to their roster.

While they didn’t make a successful trade or signing, they added key depth pieces like De’Anthony Melton, PJ Tucker and Danuel House, while bringing back guard James Harden. Although bringing Harden back was a big deal, they changed the look of their team, adding a lot of depth to their bench.

As a result, the Sixers received an A grade from ESPN’s Kevin Pelton in his offseason ratings.

Pelton’s main reasoning for this rating for the Suns was to add depth around his main four players of Joel Embiid, Harden, Tyrese Maxey and Tobias Harris, who will now have a full training camp to play with the head coach Doc Rivers.

In addition to Tucker, the 76ers also signed former Houston Rocket Danuel House Jr. and acquired De’Anthony Melton in a trade with the Memphis Grizzlies. The result is a deeper Philadelphia option with more two-way contributors to put around the stars.

With Harden’s extension over, the team will give him the chance to better fit in with the Sixers’ starters, while adding more talent to their bench and area that was lacking in the 2021-22 season.

The Sixers are trading Melton, who helped the Memphis Grizzlies win the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference, adding House and Tucker gives the team more punch off the bench this year.

In 25 regular season games last year without Ja Morant, Melton averaged 13.8 points, 4.9 rebounds, three assists and 2.6 hat-tricks in 23.8 minutes per game.

So a deeper bench, adding more runs and toughness earned the team an A for the offseason.

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