5 76ers who must step up for team to avoid Play-In Tournament

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3. Buddy Hield

In the first five games following the trade that sent Buddy Hield to the Sixers, he lit it up. Hield averaged 19.3 points, 49.4 percent from the field, and 45.5 percent from deep in his first six games in Philly.

The next five games weren't so great, unfortunately.

The 31-year-old averaged 10.8 points, 34.6% from the field, and 37.1% from deep, which illustrates the up-and-down play he's flashed since donning a Sixers uniform. He's also been inconsistent, as it pertains to finishing around the rim, and has missed several open shots.

This has been disappointing because Hield is a generational long-range shooter. 

I mean, last season the dude made more threes than Golden State Warriors star Steph Curry, who is the greatest 3-point shooter in league history. So we know Hield can space the floor.

He also can drive and kick, and is an underrated defender. Philly will need more of the good version of Hield, if they want to avoid the play-in tournament.