Sixers podcast: Training camp quotes and position battles

Tobias Harris, Tyrese Maxey, James Harden, Joel Embiid, Sixers (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
Tobias Harris, Tyrese Maxey, James Harden, Joel Embiid, Sixers (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /

The NBA season is upon all of us basketball fans, and the Sixers are in South Carolina getting on the same page. Media Day brought plenty of juicy quotes, but it is the bonding sessions down south that will help the 76ers unite and launch the season in the best way possible. We start off with some player interviews that instill hope into the Philly fanbase.

The first quote we analyze is what P.J. Tucker had to say about wanting to come to the Sixers all along with James Harden. We break down his comments and dive into the impact that Tucker can have on the Sixers.

We pivot then to what has been said about Matisse Thybulle coming into training camp. The conversation revolves around whether or not we should buy stock in Thybulle, hoping he can develop a more effective offensive skillset to his already remarkable defense.

Next, the podcast debates the idea of Philly being the best defensive team in the NBA. Joel Embiid established his outlook for this season, commenting that his focus is to lead the Sixers on the defensive end. We dissect his statement and his high expectations to elevate the Sixers to a top-tier defensive juggernaut.

The discussion then turns to a quote from Doc Rivers about his young core of Tyrese Maxey, Matisse Thybulle, and Paul Reed. He lauded them for working out hard this summer, demonstrating commitment to their craft and team. We focus on Maxey’s development and debate whether or not his work ethic is too intense or holds the right amount of rigor for what he hopes to accomplish.

We roll into a conversation next about player positions. Where do we predict certain players will end up in the front court or back court? Will Doc Rivers commit P.J. Tucker to the power forward spot or small forward? What about wing players like Danuel House and Matisse Thybulle? Is Paul Reed able to pay the 4 next to Joel Embiid?

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