Along with acquiring Earl Clark before releasing him, the Cleveland Cavaliers sent center Henry Sims to Philadelphia in exchange for Spencer Hawes. Sims hadn’t seen much time in Cleveland behind Anderson Varejao, Tristan Thompson, and Tyler Zeller. As a matter of fact, the former Georgetown big man sat the bench in all but 20 games as a Cavalier this year.
Since joining the Sixers, he has seen his playing time increase dramatically. In five games with Philly, he has averaged 24.8 minutes per game. Sims was excited about his expanded role when he learned he would join the Sixers, and rightfully so.
Sims has showed a lot of energy at both ends of the floor. Contesting and changing shots, rebounding, setting solid screens, and running the floor are just some of the things that are noticeable from the Sixers’ newest big man. Since joining Brett Brown‘s roster, he has averaged 8.6 points and 5.4 rebounds per contest. While he has somewhat struggled shooting from the floor, currently connecting 48% of the time, he has been impressive from the charity stripe, making 83.3% of his free-throws.
In reaction to Henry Sims’ desire to play solid defense, Brett Brown said,
“I want to hug him, start crying, and have him over for dinner.”
It has also been reported that Brown wants Sims to get into better shape so that he can play more minutes in the Sixers’ up-tempo style of play. Regardless, it is clear that Sims is better than the brass in Cleveland gave him credit for. His energy alone is an improvement over most of the bigs that the Sixers have.
With 21 games to play, it will be interesting to see how Sims can progress under Brown’s watch. Brown is highly respected as a developer of young talent, and Sims is exactly that. While he is still raw and lacks experience, he is a big man with a unique skill set that resembles many of the centers that have come out of Georgetown since John Thompson III took over.
Sims will look to use these 21 remaining games as not only a try-out for a contract with the Sixers next year, but for other teams as well. Productive big men, particularly off the bench, are few and far between. If Sims can prove that he can consistently rebound, defend, and occasionally make a bucket, he will find himself in the NBA again next year, rather than the D-League.