Which five bench players should the Sixers use?

De'Anthony Melton, Georges Niang, Joel Embiid, Sixers (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)
De'Anthony Melton, Georges Niang, Joel Embiid, Sixers (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images) /
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Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports /

Danuel House Jr., the Sixers’ 3-and-D specialist

A resurgence in Utah last season landed Danuel House Jr. firmly on the Sixers’ offseason radar. The former Houston Rocket has plenty of experience sharing the floor with James Harden, and his skill set is equally complementary of Joel Embiid. House should join Melton as the bench unit’s 3-and-D staples.

House made his name in Houston doing exactly what he’ll do for Philly: shooting 3s and making connective plays, with or without the basketball. The Sixers cannot rely on House to self-create, but he’s a smart and decisive player. He moves freely without the ball, constantly setting screens or cutting to the rim or moving into open space behind the 3-point line. He processes the game quickly and does not linger too long with the ball.

On the other end of the floor, House is severely underrated as a wing defender. He lacks elite measurables at 6-foot-6, but House is big enough, strong enough, and quick enough to credibly guard 3-4 positions on a given night. He fights through screens on the perimeter and at 220 pounds, he has the core strength to wage battle in the paint. House is capable of guarding the opposition’s best player, but he won’t have to very often because of Philadelphia’s newfound depth. He is going to shine in his role.

There’s a case that House should start. He’s that caliber of player. He flew under the radar in free agency and is easy to overlook on a roster full of bigger names, but House could emerge as a fan favorite expeditiously.