Power Ranking 76ers' Roster Entering 2022-23 NBA Season

Zach Buckley@@ZachBuckleyNBAFeatured Columnist IVSeptember 8, 2022

Power Ranking 76ers' Roster Entering 2022-23 NBA Season

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    TORONTO, ON - APRIL 7: James Harden #1 of the Philadelphia 76ers brings the ball up the floor with Joel Embiid #21 against the Toronto Raptors during the first half of their basketball game at the Scotiabank Arena on April 7, 2022 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mark Blinch/Getty Images)
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    The Philadelphia 76ers just followed a 51-win season with one of the best showings during the 2022 NBA offseason.

    This roster is loaded, and one of the best ways to highlight that depth is by breaking down all 13 players (guaranteed contracts only), power-ranking style.

    So, how does the hierarchy look in Philadelphia? That's the question we'll answer by evaluating everything from ability and track record to potential production and importance to the team.

The Bottom Tier

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    PHILADELPHIA, PA - FEBRUARY 2: Montrezl Harrell #6 of the Washington Wizards handles the ball against the Philadelphia 76ers on February 2, 2022 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2022 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
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    13. Jaden Springer

    Springer has six NBA minutes under his belt—19 if you include the postseason. There are zero conclusions to draw right now about his career trajectory.

    12. Furkan Korkmaz

    Korkmaz can be a fiery shooter, but his shot is inconsistent, and he doesn't bring much else of value inside the lines.

    11. Shake Milton

    Your perception of Milton hinges on which night you watch him. When he has it rolling, he looks like a walking bucket. When he doesn't, you often forget he's even playing.

    10. Georges Niang

    Niang will always be limited defensively by his underwhelming physical tools, but for a 6'7", 230-pounder who can play small-ball 5 in a pinch, he's a good shooter and underrated passer.

    9. Montrezl Harrell

    The newest addition to the team, Harrell has made a habit of piling up numbers in a hurry. If only he wasn't held back by major deficiencies on the defensive end.

The Middle Tier

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    BOSTON, MA - MAY 23: P.J. Tucker #17 of the Miami Heat dribbles the ball against the Boston Celtics during Game 4 of the 2022 NBA Playoffs Eastern Conference Finals on May 23, 2022 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2022 NBAE  (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
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    8. Matisse Thybulle

    Thybulle is tenacious and disruptive on defense, but his lack of an offensive niche is shrinking his role, particularly in the playoffs.

    7. Danuel House Jr.

    If House can be a top-shelf shooter—he shot 41.5 percent from range over 25 tilts with the Utah Jazz—then he'll dazzle back in a three-and-D role alongside James Harden.

    6. De'Anthony Melton

    Melton may not score a ton or post the prettiest two-point shooting percentage, but the Sixers won't care as long as the rest of his game shows up. He is pesky and versatile on defense, and he'll help rev up Philly's transition attack.

    5. P.J. Tucker

    Age will presumably catch up to the 37-year-old Tucker at some point, but he's still winning that race for now. Last season, he typically handled the Miami Heat's toughest defensive assignment while also connecting on a career-best 41.5 percent of his threes.

The Top Tier

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    PHILADELPHIA, PA - MAY 06: Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers dribbles the ball against the Miami Heat during Game Three of the 2022 NBA Playoffs Eastern Conference Semifinals at the Wells Fargo Center on May 6, 2022 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The 76ers defeated the Heat 99-79. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
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    4. Tobias Harris

    Harris wouldn't be a fourth option in many (any?) other places, but his over-qualifications for the gig just speak to the talent the Sixers have assembled. Last season wasn't even particularly sharp by his standards, and he still averaged 17.2 points, 6.8 rebounds and 3.5 assists while posting a 48.2/36.7/84.2 slash line.

    3. Tyrese Maxey

    Maxey catapulted forward as an NBA sophomore, and if he takes anywhere near the same level of leap this season, he could become an All-Star fixture for years to come. He's a blur with the basketball and a fearless scorer, and the strides he's made as a shooter (42.7 percent from range) and table-setter (4.3 assists against 1.2 turnovers) make him exponentially harder to handle.

    2. James Harden

    Harden's numbers have trickled down in recent years, but it's all relative. His shooting wasn't great last season, and his campaign was chaotic, and he still was the league's only player to average 20 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds. It will be fascinating to see what could happen if he finally shakes the hamstring trouble that has bothered him the past two seasons.

    1. Joel Embiid

    Embiid has taken silver in the last two MVP votes, and as long as he's healthy next season, he'll again factor heavily in the race. He's a top-shelf defensive anchor who won a scoring title, averaged 4.2 assists and shot 37.1 percent from three last season. He is a real-life cheat code.

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