As the Sixers begin training camp, one of the questions that hasn’t really been talked about much is how the bench minutes will be staggered and set up. For example, who is the first player off the bench? So let’s walk through the bench players via their video from media day.
James Ennis is known for his ability to crash offensive boards. His reliability from the corners will be crucial to his ability to space the floor for Ben Simmons this season. If he knocks down his shots, he can be an important player in the rotation.
Trey Burke cites Allen Iverson as an inspiration. Not hard to visualize Burke playing a similar, gambling style of defense as Iverson.— J Blevins (@JBlevinsNBA) September 30, 2019
The Sixers have the wing defenders and rim protection to allow a point of attack player gamble a little bit perhaps.
Simple notion but the better Kyle O'Quinn plays in the regular season, the easier it will be to manage Horford and Embiid's workload and health.— J Blevins (@JBlevinsNBA) September 30, 2019
"Defense is something that we have to do, we are so big and so long" Says O'Quinn after making a joke about a presumed depth chart.
One of the more surprising members of the Sixers in camp is Furkan Korkmaz. Korkmaz looked to be headed elsewhere when the season ended but wound up returning to the Sixers after his Fiba World Cup tournament playing for his native Turkey.
Shake Milton was a dominant player for the Delaware Blue Coats in his rookie season while playing on a 2 way contract. That play, along with his length and size, made the Sixers comfortable enough to give him a 4yr NBA contract. At 6’6″ with a 7′ wingspan, Milton possesses the size and length to potentially develop into a combo guard that fits the mold that the team is looking for.
Highsmith, like Milton, played his rookie year on a 2 way contract. In Delaware he was the primary defensive weapon for head coach Connor Johnson. Highsmith was offered a contract from the Phoenix Suns but elected to remain with the Sixers organization.
Pelle, at first blush, looks buried in the Sixers’ center rotation. Pelle, however, possesses a truly elite skillset. His ability to protect the rim, combined with a truly insane catch radius on lobs, gives him at least a puncher’s chance to play in Philly. He signed a 2 way contract this offseason with the club, so he will play in both Delaware and Philadelphia.
Bolden has been in Philadelphia for over a month after leaving the Australian national team. His role as a stretch 4/5 gives the Sixers some upside.