HERE’S THE CASE FOR SIXERS FA SIGNING OF SNIPER DAVIS BERTANS!

By Jack Weiner

Let’s get real.

Even if the NBA season re-starts in Orlando or the MGM Grand in Vegas or on the moon and the Sixers somehow win the title this much is certain:

They desperately need 3-point shooting.

Which is why, in the off-season, whenever that comes, they should pursue and sign Washington Wizards unrestricted free agent Davis Bertans.

He established himself as arguably the best stretch-four 3-point shooter in the NBA this season. The 27-year-old averaged 15.4 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 1.7 assists while shooting 43.4 percent from the field, 42.4 percent from beyond the arc, and 85.2 percent from the free-throw line.

The Sixers missed J.J. Redick this season. The sharpshooter left the team in free agency last summer to sign with the New Orleans Pelicans. With no shooters to kick it out to, how is Joel Embiid supposed to dominate in the paint if he’s getting doubled team at every turn and there’s no space for him to operate? Simmons has no resemblance of a jump shot and Harris and Horford aren’t consistent enough shooters to warrant consistent attention on the perimeter.

If Bertans was on the Sixers, opposing teams wouldn’t be able to come off him to double Embiid in the post since the Latvian has proven to be deadly from 3. With the Wizards this season in 54 games, Bertans made 200 shots from beyond the arc. He was seventh in the NBA in 3-point field goals.

The Sixers would be impossible to defend with a lineup of Ben Simmons, Josh Richardson, Tobias Harris, Bertans, and Embiid. Simmons would be able to drive to the basket on Bertans’ side of the floor and easily get to the basket since he’s an elite driver and Bertans’ defender can’t leave Davis open.

Also, Embiid would finally get single coverage down low since Bertans is never going to be left open on the perimeter.

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