The Philadelphia 76ers will work out several veteran wings today.
Despite sitting fourth in the Eastern Conference, it’s clear the Philadelphia 76ers need to make roster moves before competing in the postseason. Elton Brand has taken considerable criticism for not working the margins, but the Sixers may be doing just that in the coming days.
According to the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Keith Pompey, the Sixers will work out four veteran wings on Monday: Corey Brewer, Jodie Meeks, Brandon Rush and Jamil Artis. All four are veteran wings who, on paper, fit the Sixers’ needs.
Perhaps the most intriguing name is Brewer, who spent last season with the Los Angeles Lakers and Oklahoma City Thunder. At 6-foot-9, he’s a versatile athlete who can defend multiple positions — something the Sixers presently lack outside the starting five.
Brewer also shot 34.3 percent from deep last season, his highest mark since 2009-10. His 3.7 attempts per game were tied with 2012-13 for the highest mark of his career, which shows some dedication to expanding his range as the game evolves.
If Brewer can knock down spot-up threes and capably defend, he has a spot in the Sixers’ rotation. Furkan Korkmaz continues to underwhelm on the defensive end and his shooting, despite popular narrative, hasn’t been great. He’s the weakest link in the regular rotation at the moment.
Meeks is another interesting name who profiles well for Philadelphia. He shot just 34.3 percent from deep last season, but is a 37.2 percent three-point shooter for his career. It’s worth noting, however, Meeks was released by Milwaukee in November after serving a suspension for violating the league’s anti-drug policy. In his nine-year career, Meeks spent over two seasons with the Sixers between 2010 and 2012.
With Brewer, Meeks and Rush all over 30 years of age, Artis stands out as the group’s youngest — and, of course, least experienced — player at 26. He has just 15 NBA games on his resume, making a brief run with the Magic last season. He averaging 5.1 points in 15 games, shooting 27.6 percent from three-point range.
The sample size was small, so there’s still room for Artis to prove himself as an NBA talent. The Sixers need wings who can defend, which Artis provides.
This is the second time Philadelphia has worked out wings during the 2018-19 campaign, so it will be interesting to monitor potential developments. Rush was part of the first workout, so the Sixers were inclined to bring the career 40.2 percent three-point shooter in for a second session.