Are 76ers the Best Value for East Title After Tobias Harris Trade?

Feb 06, 2019 11:00 AM EST
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Kelley L. Cox-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Tobias Harris

  • The 76ers acquired Tobias Harris on Tuesday night, adding an offensive weapon who fits their existing personnel perfectly.
  • The move might make Philly, which still sits at 5-1 to win the East, the best betting value on the board.

The Sixers didn’t try swinging for the fences. They decided to position themselves at third and get a healthy lead out for home.

On Tuesday night, ESPN reported that the Sixers had agreed to trade a young player, some good picks, and an expiring contract for a major offensive weapon, whatever Boban is, and an underrated stretch four.

The Sixers are going all-in, with intentions to keep Harris as a free agent along with Jimmy Butler:

The move is fairly brilliant. While the Lakers chase Anthony Davis, and the Knicks chase cap room to land Davis and/or Kevin Durant and/or Kyrie Irving, and the Celtics try and land Davis, the Sixers snuck in and struck a deal with the Clippers, who themselves are trying to get in on the free agent mania this summer.

In doing so, Philly got a 20-points per game scorer with 49-42-88 shooting splits and eight rebounds a game.

The key here is to think of this not from an overall evaluation of the trade in which they gave up a lot, but to see it as the Sixers essentially shooting a gap.