Could Davis Bertans be the Sixers’ missing piece?


The 76ers will no doubt be serious buyers at the trade deadline. They have an excess of 2nd round picks and a strong desire to strengthen their bench. There are some interesting trade targets that the Sixers could pursue but one player that specifically stands out as the perfect piece to add to the Sixers is Davis Bertans of the Washington Wizards.

Bertans is experiencing a career-high season. He’s averaging 15.7 points and 4.7 rebounds while shooting an absurd 46.5% from deep. The former second-round pick has taken a big leap in his production this season, functioning as a key cog in the Wizards surprisingly efficient offense.

He can catch fire at any second as he did against the 76ers on December 5th, where he torched them for 25 points and 7 3-pointers. Bertans is much more than just a catch and shoot player. He is a legitimate go-to option who can get you a bucket at any moment.

The Sixers could use a flamethrower like the 27-year old off their bench. His shooting would give Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid some much-needed spacing. He would also help provide some alleviation to Tobias Harris who is averaging roughly 34 minutes a night.

Like previously mentioned, Bertans is enjoying career highs across the board. Acquiring him from the Wizards might cost a lot but the Sixers should be willing to pay the asking price. They have a flurry of 2nd round picks to work with and some young players with potential like Jonah Bolden, Shake Milton and Zhaire Smith. They should even consider moving a 1st round pick for Bertans if they feel that he would put them over the top of some other contenders like the Milwaukee Bucks or Los Angeles Lakers.

Elton Brand has already shown that he isn’t afraid to make big moves with the assets at his disposal. Davis Bertans would elevate the 76ers offense and give them an instant offensive weapon off the bench. Brand should have no hesitation in making a competitive offer for the sharpshooting forward.

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