76ers final month stock watch: 2 surprising risers, 2 fallers

As the Philadelphia 76ers head into the final stretch of the season, here are two players on the rise and a couple on a decline.

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Riser 2: Kelly Oubre Jr. is heating up as a secondary option for the 76ers

Over the last five outings, Kelly Oubre Jr. may have a valid claim about being the 76ers’ best stud. During that span, he’s turned in 22.8 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 2.8 assists per game, easily leading the team in scoring in those games (not counting Maxey, who played in just one out of five contests).

Oubre slowed down in the middle of the season, but he seems to be peaking at the right time. Maxey has missed the last four games, and he’s seamlessly assumed the robe as the main option on the starting unit. The All-Star is not expected to be out for any longer, but for the 76ers to have a stronger bid over the following weeks, it’s imperative for Oubre to continue being a force on the scoring end.

Given Harris’ inconsistent play, the 76ers have sometimes struggled scoring, especially when defenses force them to play at a glacial pace. Oubre has showed that he’s a viable bailout option, and the team needs him to thrive in his role both now and in the playoffs.