I’ve written in the past that the Philadelphia 76ers shouldn’t be content with their point guard depth. That’s because Ben Simmons has an uncertain future, Tyrese Maxey still needs to develop, and Shake Milton is a combo guard.
Before free agency began I wrote about five point guards that the Sixers should target and both Jeff Teague and Avery Bradley are still available. I recently wrote about possible targets in Daishen Nix and Brandon Knight.
However, there’s one very important name that I’ve failed to mention up to this point and that would be former All-Star Isaiah Thomas. Thomas’ offseason buzz should have him on the 76ers’ radar this summer. I wrote about Thomas being a target last offseason and I still hold true to that stance.
Thomas should be a name that the Philadelphia 76ers front office should keep tabs on.
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Philly doesn’t have a proven point guard on their roster and before multiple injuries, Thomas was one of the best scoring point guards in the NBA. Unless when Simmons gets traded, the 76ers get another point guard, then the team will need to address the depth at that position.
Thomas could come into the Sixers rotation as a spark plug off the bench. When he played for the New Orleans Pelicans on a 10-day deal last year, he averaged 7.7 points, which is a career low, but to be fair he only played three games. For his career, he averaged 18.1 points and 4.9 assists, while making 36.3 percent from the 3-point line.
He showed flashes of that great scoring ability yet again in a pro-am league this offseason as he scored 81 points in a single game. It’s clear that Thomas can still score and the Sixers need that consistently off the bench.
It should be noted that Thomas was recently on the Jalen and Jacoby show on ESPN and mentioned that he has been in contact with four teams. Hopefully, the 76ers should be one of those four teams and if not they need to become the fifth team on that list.
The Philadelphia 76ers need more depth at the point guard position and adding a veteran like Thomas has a low risk and high reward odds surrounding that move.