As the Philadelphia 76ers prepare for the 2022-23 season, they have a solid roster led by a star duo in the form of Joel Embiid and James Harden while also adding great fits in free agency that gives the organization excitement for the upcoming season.
With that being said, there are still some questions the Sixers have to answer. Most notably, who will be the backup center to Embiid?
At the moment, Philadelphia will be counting on Paul Reed and Charles Bassey as the primary options while PJ Tucker and Georges Niang can also be the small-ball options. Those are some good options on paper, but could the Sixers use another option?
Bleacher Report believes Philadelphia needs to add a backup center before the season begins:
With a full offseason for this core to grow, plus the additions of PJ Tucker and Daniel House Jr., plus the potential for a third-year leap from Tyrese Maxey, the puzzle pieces might all be aligned now—if Harden can reverse some recent decline and deliver in big playoff moments.
Saying all of that, Philly might consider poking around for a more reliable option behind Embiid. Maybe the franchise is comfortable with Paul Reed, Georges Niang, Charles Bassey and Tucker tag-teaming to fill that role, but a low-maintenance, trustworthy veteran could be helpful to have, especially if (when?) Embiid misses time.
There are still some veteran big men out there who could come on the cheap in search of winning a title. The likes of Hassan Whiteside, DeMarcus Cousins, and LaMarcus Aldridge are still out there, but it does appear that the Sixers like their current backup center options.
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Story originally appeared on Sixers Wire