In what was an absolute whirlwind of a free agency, the major dominoes have finally fallen in the NBA for the upcoming 2019-2020 season. The Philadelphia 76ers were one of the teams with a ton of roster turnover, including the departures of Jimmy Butler, JJ Redick, TJ McConnell and Boban Marjanovic. However, the 76ers kept some of their core free agents resigning with Tobias Harris, James Ennis and Mike Scott. They also have a couple of rookies, along with big signings that capped free agency.
Al Horford: The only guy who really was able to stop Joel Embiid is now going to be side-by-side with “The Process” himself in red, white and blue. Al was signed to a four-year contract, that could make him up to $109 Million depending on the bonuses that he hits in his time in Philadelphia. There is a little worry with a 33 year old NBA player on a four-year deal, but with Horford’s style of play, and now his chance to step out of the center position and play mainly at the power forward spot, he should be able to maintain similar stats. This past season, Horford averaged 13.6 points and 6.7 rebounds shooting 36% from three and 82% from the foul line.
Josh Richardson: In the sign-and-trade that sent Jimmy Butler to the Miami Heat, the 76ers received a very “Philly guy” in return in Josh Richardson. Richardson is a 6 foot 6 guard/forward who is coming off of a great season averaging 16.6 points, 4.1 assists and 3.6 rebounds. His three point shooting percentage dipped a touch to 35.7% but his free throw percentage skyrocketed to 86.1%. Richardson, who is 25, plays eerily similar to a guy that the 76ers traded away in Butler, but on a very reasonable contract as he will make $20.98 million over the next two seasons. Richardson will probably start at the shooting guard position, but will take some point guard minutes when Ben Simmons gets a break.
Matisse Thybulle: The 76ers traded up to get this athletic wing from Washington at pick #20. Thybulle has an incredible wingspan and should be a great defensive presence for this team right off of the bat. Thybulle only averaged nine points per game in his four years at UW, but it’s all of the other things he does well that should earn Thybulle minutes right away. He has incredible instincts, averaging 3.5 steals and over 2 blocks in his senior year. Despite a slight dip in his final year, Thybulle still was a 36% three point shooter, as well, but didn’t attempt many. Expect Thybulle to embrace that “3 & D” role off of the bench this year, as the 76ers finally drafted a guy with a “high floor” to begin with rather than a “high ceiling” of potential in a raw prospect.
Kyle O’Quinn: KOQ was a guy who the 76ers had been targeting for the past couple of seasons, and he will find his way to Philly this season. The 76ers should have the ability to stagger Embiid and Horford in the games they both play, but it can’t be anticipated that every game will be like that. O’Quinn is a big body who definitely has the ability to defend NBA centers, and a nice mid range stroke on top of that. He’s a good guy to have as a third center on a title contender.
Marial Shayok: Shayok received one of the two “two-way deals” where he will be spending a certain amount of days with both the 76ers and their G-League affiliate, the Delaware Blue Coats. Shayok may not have been projected to be drafted, but he was taken at #46 in this year’s draft. Shayok spent his first three years at UVA before transferring to Iowa State for his senior year where he exploded for almost 19 points per game. Shayok’s job is to shoot, and shoot he did as he was stellar from the three-point line (38.6%) and foul line (87.8%) in his senior year.
Norvel Pelle: Pelle, a lanky power forward, received the second of the two-way contracts after a rather unconventional route. Pelle was born in St Johns, Antigua and Barbuda, and moved to the US at age seven. After being ruled ineligible to play at Iona, he played overseas in Taiwan, Italy and Lebanon along with stints in the G-League before he received this two-way deal this past week. Last year for the Blue Coats, Pelle averaged 11.6 points and 8.3 rebounds shooting 70% from the field.
Raul Neto: The 27 year old Brazilian point guard signed with the 76ers on the veteran minimum. Him and second-year player Shake Milton will be competing for the few minutes leftover in the guard spots and if injuries were to hit.