Sixers: Ranking sixth men in the NBA 2022 offseason

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10. Cole Anthony, G

The Orlando Magic have quality guard depth and it appears that Cole Anthony might be the odd man out of the starting five. This is probably for the better as he has all the tools to become an elite bench scorer. He might be a dark horse candidate for the Sixth Man of the year award, especially if the Magic start winning.

9. Tim Hardaway Jr., G/F

Figuring out the Dallas Mavericks’ starting five isn’t an easy task, but for this article’s sake let’s assume Spencer Dinwiddie starts over Tim Hardaway Jr. If that does happen, Hardaway Jr. has proven to be a solid three-level scorer who can create his own offense at the wing position.

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8. Cameron Johnson, F

Unless Jae Crowder takes a massive step back, it’s safe to assume Cameron Johnson will continue to come off the bench for the Phoenix Suns. Johnson has become a very good 3-and-D wing. He’d start on a majority of teams in the NBA.

7. Bobby Portis, C/PF

The fit between Bobby Portis and the Milwaukee Bucks is seamless. He’s a stretch big who’s improved defensively since arriving to the franchise. Whenever Brook Lopez declines, Portis would be an ideal fit next to Giannis Antetokounmpo moving forward.

6. Richaun Holmes, C

The front-court situation for the Sacramento Kings is tricky. Richaun Holmes isn’t a natural fit next to All-Star big man Domontas Sabonis. That means Holmes is coming off the bench even though he’d start for a decent amount of teams in the NBA. There is a chance that if Davion Mitchell takes a big step in his development he could become the team’s sixth man.