NBA Preseason Roundtable: Ranking the Philadelphia 76ers Roster

Tobias Harris, Tyrese Maxey, James Harden, Joel Embiid, 76ers (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
Tobias Harris, Tyrese Maxey, James Harden, Joel Embiid, 76ers (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /
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10. Mo Bamba (written by Lucas Johnson)

The potential of Mo Bamba is his true value in the NBA.  He’s a 7-footer who has a smooth jump shot and the tools to be an elite defender. However, there are reasons why the former lottery pick is on a minimum contract with the Philadelphia 76ers.

Bamba is 10th on this list, which means he’s on the fringe of the 76ers rotation and the argument could be made that he’s running out of chances of making the NBA. The former sixth overall is on his third team in two seasons after failing to make a mark on the team that drafted him in 2017. The Magic used Bamba as a second-string center for most of his tenure, but now the Sixers might just give most if not all the backup center spot to Paul Reed, and for good reasons.

Bamba has all the tools to be a quality NBA center.

His biggest issue is he lacks a high-level NBA I.Q. and instincts. That doesn’t mean he lacks any of them, but he’s inconsistent at times and due to his slender frame at 230 lbs at 7 feet tall he can be taken advantage of physically. That being written, there are positives with the lottery bust.

He’s still a good shot blocker and jump shooter. If the Sixers can limit his role to defending the rim and taking open 3-pointers, then he should be a serviceable 10th man coming off the bench. If not, then he will have to drop much lower on this list.