Should the Sixers bring back Isaiah Joe?
Isaiah Joe‘s contract is also partially guaranteed for next season. And once again, the Sixers should gladly bring him back. The second-year sharpshooter saw scarce opportunities last season, but he will hopefully break through in year three. The Sixers need to give him a real extended tryout at least.
The Sixers’ roster is littered with one-way players. Joe is one of the few reserves on the roster who has shown any proclivity for playing both sides of the ball. He’s a better defender than I anticipated coming out of Arkansas — he’s competitive and consistently in the right spot — and his 3-point volume is sky-high, even if the percentage isn’t quite where the Sixers would like it.
Joe should get the opportunity to battle the likes of Furkan Korkmaz and Shake Milton for minutes. Heck, with Danny Green injured, the Sixers will need a new fifth starter. The obvious choice would be Matisse Thybulle, but Joe is much closer to Green on paper. The Sixers need a shooter in that spot and this writer would not be afraid of throwing Joe into the fire.
So yes, the Sixers should bring back Joe. As is the case with every young player, it really comes down to Doc Rivers. Does he see what he has in Joe before his contract expires, or does the 22-year-old spend another year observing from the pine as Korkmaz shoots 28.9 percent from deep?
Final vote: YEA