With Anthony Barber, Jerry Bayless and Ben Simmons injured, the believed-to-be-resolved point guard role is very much up in the air for the Philadelphia 76ers.
The Philadelphia 76ers ended the 2014-2015 where they began on the point guard front. After begining the season with no clear starter, the team auditioned any number of players before trading two second round draft picks for former 76ers point guard Ish Smith.
However, at the end of the season, Smith became a free agent and signed with the Detroit Pistons. So the Philadelphia 76ers were left with undrafted T.J. McConnell, the commitment to develop first round draft pick Ben Simmons out of point forward and into a point guard and… not much else.
Needless to say, the point guard position was a huge priority for the Philadelphia 76ers in free agency. First the team signed former Milwaukee Bucks guard Jerryd Bayless. Then the team scanned the globe for Euroleague’s point guard from Real Madird in Sergio Rodriguez. Finally, the team signed undrafted N.C. State point guard Anthony Barber (“Cat” Barber).
When all the smoke cleared, it seemed that the team had oversigned at the position most critical to the team’s success this year. After all, by all accounts, the final third of the season was expected to witness large doses of Ben Simmons rotating into his new point guard role.
But the team’s status at the point guard position has been rather… fluid… this year.