After a busy offseason over the past couple of months, the 76ers have made one thing clear: they have fully entered win-now mode. After extending superstar Ben Simmons and signing Tobias Harris to a multi-year deal, the 76ers now have a core of four superstars in Simmons, Embiid, and Harris. It is obvious that they are looking to do some damage.
Following Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving’s decision to join forces in Brooklyn, it may be apparent to all Eastern Conference teams that the window for winning may be short if Durant returns at full strength. However, for teams like Philadelphia who are one piece away from becoming a championship contender team, this means that the win-now motto is necessary.
The one-piece that the sixers are missing is clear: shooting. The biggest criticism of superstar Ben Simmons is that throughout his career he has not been able to be a consistent jump shooter. The obvious statement that can be made is calling out his lack of made 3 pointers in his entire career. While the offseason improvements of Ben Simmons are getting enough coverage from the media, we can expect that he will not be the next 3 point sharpshooter in the next year. This also has been a problem to a lesser degree for the rest of the Philly superstars. Embiid and Harris are bigs, who will not be shooting as much in games. When all three stars are sharing the court, there needs to be more space on the floor that is created by effective 3 point shooting.
In comes Carmelo Anthony.
The main fear of adding Carmelo Anthony to an NBA roster is that he would draw too much attention and will be viewed as a distraction to a team. However, with a team that consisted of a 7-foot point guard who associates himself with the Kardashian Klan and a superstar center who actively trolls on Twitter, one can conclude that adding another personality will not shake up the press too much.
What it can do, however, is add a 3 point shooter. After the departure of JJ Reddick, the team could really use one. Reddick not only provided veteran support, but he was also a very dependable catch and shoot role player. These days, those types of players come at a premium. This is especially the case on teams that are in contention for a championship, which for the first time in a while is truly up for grabs.
It is clear that there is a use for Carmelo Anthony on this roster. A team that is so big that they may be one of the biggest defensive juggernauts in the league this year can afford a player that struggles on defense but can take over on offense. A team with a locker room full of personalities can afford seeing one minor distraction. A team with a clear lack of shooting can definitely afford to play with one of the best mid-range shooters in NBA history. It will be very interesting to see if the sixers give Melo a shot at making a return to the NBA.
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