It’s a beautiful morning. Food is tasting better. The sun is shining a little brighter (ignore that it’s dark and raining). Are you feeling energized even before your first cup of coffee this morning? That’s thanks to Elton Brand, who went out and bolstered the Sixers bench in the middle of the night acquiring BOTH Alec Burks and Glenn Robinson III from the Golden State Warriors.
It was reported prior to the Warriors game in Brooklyn last night that both Burks and Robinson were being held out of the game with trades in discussion, but there seemed to be little indication that both were heading to the Sixers. Burks, as our listeners know, has been one of the most sought-after targets by many Sixers fans (including our good friend Marty Teller).
Burks is averaging 16.1 points in 29 minutes, shooting 40.6% from the field and 37.5% from 3-point range. Robinson is averaging 12.9 points in 31.6 minutes this season while shooting 48.1% from the field and 40% from 3-point range. Robinson and Burks are especially useful in a situation the Sixers seem to struggle with: Catch and shoot 3’s.
Glenn Robinson III:
Catch and shoot 3: 40.5%
Wide Open 3 (6+ feet): 43.8%
Catch and shoot 3: 38.3%
Wide Open 3 (6+ feet): 38.8%
Both players bring much needed help on offense to the Sixers rotation, though there will obviously be growing pains and adjustments made, as we all know from the constant roster shakeups of last season. Fortunately there should be plenty of opportunity while Josh Richardson remains out to get Burks and Robinson acclimated while still building the confidence of Furkan Korkmaz and Matisse Thybulle.
The three second rounders the Sixers gave up are likely to be insignificant as Dallas, Denver, and Toronto are all expected to remain amongst the top teams over the next 2-3 years barring catastrophe. They still have their valuable second rounders such as the 2020 Atlanta and Knicks picks (expected in the 31-35 range), the 2021 Knicks, and the best of the 2023 Atlanta/Hornets/Nets picks.
The Sixers will need to make a subsequent move via another deal or simply waiving two players. Still holding several more valuable second round picks, another trade seems likely, possibly to upgrade either the backup point guard position or the Mike Scott role. Davis Bertans, Nemanja Bjelica, and Markieff Morris have all been rumored at some point or another to be on the market and would be upgrades for the Sixers bench. A third player would also need to be traded/released to make room to convert Norvel Pelle to an NBA contract, which by all accounts seems to be a move the Sixers intend to make.
We hopped on the Underground Sports Philadelphia podcast last night to discuss the deadline (prior to this deal being official) but a lot of our conversation was around Burks and some of the deals that had already occurred. You can check that out here!
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