Sixers’ Player Rankings: Early strong impressions

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Terrance Ferguson (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
Terrance Ferguson (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images) /

A short December left some strong impressions in this edition of the Philadelphia 76ers’ player rankings.

Despite December being a short month, with the season in full swing, it’s a better time than never to do The Sixer Sense‘s monthly player rankings of each one of the Philadelphia 76ers’ player.

Since last season, the Sixers have brought in Darryl Morey to be the team’s no president of basketball operations and Doc Rivers to replace Brett Brown as head coach. Important players from last year’s roster like Al Horford and Josh Richardson were traded during the offseason for more complimentary players.

These changes have impacted the team in a positive manner thus far, as the team went 4-1 during December. Their lone loss came when Joel Embiid sat out due to injury against an underrated Cleveland Cavaliers team. It should be noted that these rankings aren’t the same as the player rankings released prior to the season. These focus on the progress and regression of each player’s performance during each month.

17. Paul Reed

December Stats: N/A

“With four centers on the roster, Poirier was the odd man out of the rotation during December.”

The rookie combo big man didn’t make his NBA debut during December. The G-League season didn’t start during that month either so there isn’t much to write on the two-way player. Paul Reed was the only player on this month’s rankings that didn’t play a single game during December.

16. Terrance Ferguson

December Stats: GP 2| MINS 5.5| FG% 0.0| 3P% 0.0| TRB 0.5| AST 0.5| PF 1.0| PTS 0.0

Terrance Ferguson did appear in two games during December but the former first round pick didn’t look good. He went 0-3 from the field and 3-point line. That’s right in 11 total minutes during December he failed to score a single point. Despite having the physical gifts to be a versatile defender, the Philadelphia 76ers a deep wing rotation, and unless he can show something on offense when he does get minutes, it unlikely he gets consistent minutes without multiple injuries occurring.