JJ Redick, Amir Johnson (above) and Herryd Bayless have given Philly a different element of veteran leadership this season. In year’s past, the Sixers employed veterans like Elton Brand and Jason Richardson — players with strong NBA resumes at the end of their careers. But Redick, Bayless and Johnson all play regularly, which gives their words a different gravitas for this young Sixers group.
“To now have players sweating on the court that can add the leadership in real time, instead of something static in a video room — that is priceless,” coach Brett Brown said. “I think the abundance we have this year and the fact that they play, the combination is powerful, and I appreciate [Sixers president and general manager] Bryan Colangelo helping me, helping us design the team with that in mind.”