Sixers don’t need to look far for the rim protector

The Sixers are reportedly still looking for a big man to replace starter Joel Embiid. According to ESPN NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski, the Sixers will be aggressive in pursuing DeAndre Jordan as a replacement for Embiid.

The team has already signed veteran center WIllie Cauley-Stein to a 10-day contract, and head coach Doc Rivers said on Tuesday he plans to give the former No. starting Wednesday night, claiming the team needed a rim. protector behind Embiid.

The team doesn’t need to aggressively chase Jordan or play Cauley-Stein for more minutes. They have two better options right in their own locker room.

Paul Reed and Charles Bassey.

Of the two, Bassey intrigues me the most. When given the opportunity to play some extended minutes this season, he has impressed.

Bassey had 13 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks on 6-of-10 shooting in 22 minutes off the bench against the Grizzlies on Dec. 13 and 12 points with seven rebounds, one steal and three blocks in 19 minutes off the bench in one game. November 18 against Denver.

Thus, in both games, the second-round pick scored 25 points, 17 rebounds and recorded seven blocks in 41 minutes.

He’s been a rim protector on every level.

At 6-foot-11, he has the size and athleticism to be an excellent shot blocker and rim protector. His junior at Western Kentucky, Bassey averaged 3.1 blocks per game and, for his career, averaged 2.6 per game for the Hilltoppers.

Reed is another young, athletic big man the Sixers could turn to, who has produced when given the opportunity.

Reed had six points, seven rebounds, two steals and two blocks in his last outing when Andre Drummond in just 13 minutes on Feb. 11 and the following night against Cleveland he played in just 15 minutes but managed to grab seven rounds (five offensive) with three interceptions.

These young players showed when given the chance to produce. With Embiid off the court for about 12-15 minutes per playoff game, Bassey and Reed are better options than Cauley-Stein and Jordan.

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