By Art Beitchman
The recent free agent signing of sharpshooting guard J. J. Redick is significant for lots of reasons.
It signals to the rest of the NBA the Sixers have turned the corner in relevancy — they haven’t had a winning season in 13 years! — with a bolstered roster, draft picks and free agents. Those awful seasons are hopefully in the past.
At 33 years old, Redick will be entering his 13th NBA season, and in the last two he led the Association in 3-point percentage at 45.1. Steph Curry was second at 43.3, and Seth Curry 3rd at 43.2.
As a team last year the Sixers hit a paltry 34% from 3-point land.
Some Sixers fans are getting all upset at the $23M price tag that Redick will be making in 2017-18. But the years of NBA experience should pay off playing with Ben Simmons and Markelle Fultz, both entering their first season in the league, and both will benefit from Redick’s 12 seasons, both good and bad.
The 76ers are expected to compete for a playoff spot this upcoming year, here are the projected starters as of early July:
Joel Embiid — Center
Robert Covington — Small Forward
Ben Simmons — Power Forward
Markelle Fultz — Point Guard
JJ Redick — Shooting Guard
Ben Simmons will be the main facilitator from the forward position, and both Redick and Fultz will be combo guards.
This will easily be the best starting five the team has had in decades when opening day come this fall.