WHEN JOJO GETS DOUBLED, SIXERS GEORGES NIANG WILL MAKE ‘EM PAY!

By Jerry Wein

The Sixers made it official yesterday by signing free agent forward Georges Niang.

His agents previously confirmed the deal was for two years and $6.7 million.

“You’re playing with a big man that has to draw a double team every time, or he’s scoring,” Niang said yesterday on his Zoomer.

“Whenever you have a dynamic offensive weapon that can score from the outside, get to the free throw line, can punish the defender inside, it creates an opportunity for the defense to be in rotation.

“And when the defense is in rotation, that’s him creating shots for other people just by being out on the floor. And I’ve never had that in my career, so I’m extremely excited for that, because Joel is a willing passer and he can dominate the game by scoring.”

Niang can capitalize on the chances generated from Embiid post-ups. He’s a 40.4 percent career three-point shooter comfortable with the subtle relocations and simple state of constant readiness necessary for an NBA marksman.

“Obviously shooting is the thing that I do well but when shots get taken away, being able to get in the lane and create for others — and be a bigger body on defense,” he said. “Obviously the four spot, you need some size in this league — so bringing size and versatility, being able to guard multiple positions. And creating when the shot isn’t there. I’m not a one-dimensional shooter. If those things are taken away, be able to create for other guys, to attract the defense over and get other guys open looks.”

Niang, 28, spent the past four seasons with the Utah Jazz after playing his rookie year with the Indiana Pacers.

He averaged 6.9 points and shot 42.5 percent from 3-point range while playing in all 72 games (10 starts) in 2020-21. He also shot 95.7 percent from the foul line.

“Georges is a talented player who can stretch the floor and he immediately bolsters our frontcourt depth,” 76ers president of basketball operations Daryl Morey said in a news release. “He has shot over 40-percent from three for his career and has steadily improved his overall game each season he’s been in the NBA. We’re excited to welcome him to Philadelphia.”

In 229 career games (11 starts), Niang has averaged 5.1 points, 1.8 rebounds and 11.9 minutes. He is a career 40.4 percent shooter from behind the arc.

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