The Philadelphia 76ers depth has been a continuous issue over the past two seasons.

The lack of reliable options off the bench during the last two playoff appearances forced head coach Brett Brown to rely heavily on his starting lineup.

Often, they were forced to keep their rotations to seven players in playoff games. Plus, they didn’t have an adequate backup once Joel Embiid hit the bench.

Former bench players such as Marco Belinelli, Greg Monroe, and Boban Marjanovic became almost unplayable because of their shortcomings on defense.

But the 2019-2020 Sixers should avoid those same issues. Brown certainly has more to work with coming off the bench this season and it should carry over into the playoffs.


Once Joel Embiid goes to the bench halfway into the opening quarter, Brown can either switch Al Horford to the five or just bring in Kyle O’ Quinn off the bench.

Both are good defenders capable of spelling Embiid for about four minutes every quarter. The goal should be for Embiid to play about 32 minutes per game and around 65 regular season games.

Health permitting this formula should work better than last season’s opening night plan to have Amir Johnson as the backup center.

In addition to addressing the backup center position, resigning Mike Scott and James Ennis III was an important task this offseason.

They both played well with the Sixers last season and will provide flexibility off the bench.

Scott can play power forward and small forward and Ennis can play small forward and shooting guard.

They’re also both strong defenders who can switch on defense, which Brown likes to do most of the time.

Youth Movement

Young players including guard Zhaire Smith and forward Matisse Thybulle are expected to make an impact during the season.

The Sixers haven’t had much luck with young players staying healthy, just look to Smith and Markelle Fultz during their rookie seasons.

As a result, they couldn’t help the team once the playoffs started and only appeared in blowout situations.

If Smith and Thybulle can avoid major injuries and show development, why can’t they play some minutes in the postseason?

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