Sixers: Ranking sixth men in the NBA 2022 offseason

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25. Doug McDermott, F

Let’s be clear, Doug McDermott isn’t the ideal sixth man to have on your team if you’re a contender. However, the rebuilding San Antonio Spurs aren’t a contender, and they have a lottery pick in Jeremy Sochan who is set to start at power forward. That means McDermott is coming off the bench and he’s their best player in that scenario. It should be noted that Josh Primo could overtake this role during the season.

24. Rui Hachimura/Deni Avdija, PF

This is the only ranking where there is a tie. The Washington Wizards have an overabundance of depth at the forward position. Rui Hachimura needs to become a better defender and Deni Avdija still is missing a jump shot. Whoever makes the next step in their development will be the team’s sixth man next season.

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23. P.J. Washington, PF/C

For several seasons now, P.J. Washington has been the best reserve for the Charlotte Hornets. This could change if Montrezl Harrell does re-sign with the roster now that his legal problems appear to be over. However, Washington is a two-way stretch big man who is undervalued in the league.

22. Bruce Brown, F/G

In a surprising move this offseason, Bruce Brown left the Brooklyn Nets for the Denver Nuggets. Brown is one of the best defenders in the NBA and has become playable on offense. With his ability to cut, his fit with Nikola Jokic should make him even better on offense.

21. Josh Hart, G/F

Honestly, I wish I could have Josh Hart higher on this list, but being on a team like the Portland Trail Blazers he might not get enough shots as he would on other teams. He’s one of the best rebounding wings in the league and a solid two-way player.