The Philadelphia 76ers have long needed better shooting, and J.J. Redick brings that in droves.
J.J. Redick’s signing, in many ways, marked the end of The Process. Or at least it’s first stage.
The Philadelphia 76ers finally made their big move. They swung for the proverbial fences, trading up for the first overall pick in Markelle Fultz and shelling out a substantial one-year, $23 million deal to one of the most coveted guards on the free agency market. They finalized their young core, while also adding a big-money veteran — all while retaining financial flexibility for the coming seasons.
Bryan Colangelo, despite the ire he has drawn from Sixers fans in near-universal fashion, has helped keep the Sam Hinkie momentum going. Philadelphia is in a really good spot, and that’s in large part due to Colangelo’s savvy when making moves, both in free agency and on the trade market, during his first season and a half.
The Sixers are now in a position to compete for a spot in the playoffs, something few expected just a couple years back. Joel Embiid has proven himself to be a stud when healthy, while both Ben Simmons and Markelle Fultz went first overall for a reason. They have the best young core in the league, and the addition of a player like Redick alongside them puts Philadelphia in a position to win on a consistent basis.
Redick’s addition does more than make the team more competitive, though. It also ups the play of those around him, and several players in particular could find his presence on the team to be beneficial.