Now that James Harden has finally been traded, what does the 76ers depth chart and 76ers roster look like and what their lineup could be for the playoffs.
Well, folks, it happened: Ben Simmons was traded ahead of Thursday’s NBA trade deadline.
After an offseason of wondering what exactly the hell was going to happen, it turns out the plan we all suspected from the start was what ended up happening. Simmons was traded, along with Seth Curry and Andre Drummond, to the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for James Harden.
The plot thickening to include Harden’s exit from Brooklyn — a late addition to the drama — only makes this even sweeter for objective observers here less for the fandom and more for the chaos. The cherry on top of this is Daryl Morey doing exactly what he tried to do in Houston: trading Harden for Simmons. A ton of different shoes are on a gaggle of different feet, but there are multiple levels of appreciation to the biggest blockbuster deal of the NBA season.
But now that the dust is settling, the question becomes what happens next?
Harden is in Philadelphia, but what do the Sixers look like as they try to unseat the Miami Heat as the top seed in the East and finally fulfill the prophecy of the process?
76ers Roster: Philadelphia 76ers depth chart after James Harden trade
Unlike the Nets, not a whole lot changes on the surface for the 76ers as far as their depth is concerned. The biggest move, obviously, is plugging Harden into the starting lineup at shooting guard. He replaces Seth Curry who was shipped out to Brooklyn as part of the deal.
One potential hole that may need to be plugged is depth at the center position, although replacing Andre Drummond seems like a very minor issue in the wake of acquiring Harden.
PG: Tyrese Maxey
SG: James Harden
SF: Matisse Thybulle
PF: Tobias Harris
C: Joel Embiid
Bench: Danny Green, Furkan Korkmaz, Georges Niang, Jaden Springer, Shake Milton, Paul Millsap, Isaiah Joe, Paul Reed, Charles Bassey