Philadelphia 76ers: Ranking every player on the 2019-20 roster

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6. Mike Scott

What can we expect from Mike Scott this year?

Threes, toughness, attitude, the best twitter presence on the team (yes, Joel, I said it), and fighting Eagles fans, I guess.

The Threegional Manager is the ideal backup power forward for the Sixers. Because he’s a 40 percent three-point shooter, good for 20th in the NBA, he allows Brett Brown flexibility with his lineups. He complements both Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid better than any bench player the Sixers have. Last year, when Scott and Joel Embiid shared the floor together, they had a 118.2 offensive rating, best on the team.

Scott averaged the most minutes of his career last year, earned himself a new contract, and has the respect of every Philadelphia fan. His impact extends way beyond the box score, though. When Eric Bledsoe got into a skirmish with Joel Embiid, Scott was the first Sixer there. He’s always ready to throw hands, whether it’s defending a teammate or his Redskins jersey.

The city of Philadelphia has rallied behind Scott in a way that hasn’t been seen in a while. The Mike Scott Hive tailgates games and gets headband-themed tattoos for their beloved sixth man. The UVA product embraces them, as well.

“As far as I’ve been in the league, this is the best fans. No disrespect but I’ve never had fans like this. I love it. They embrace me, I embrace them. I feel like I’m one of them,” Scott said.

This season, Sixers fans can expect more of the same from Mike Scott. He’s going to make timely shots, defend, interact with the fans, and get in a few more fights. That’s why we love him.

Charlie Dolgenos