Amidst a poor stretch of basketball, the weeks leading up to the trade deadline were mired by uncertainty for the Sixers. The team was in need of play-makers off the bench because Raul Neto and Trey Burke were just simply not cutting it. They also needed a better reserve forward than Mike Scott. The Sixers lacked someone who could defend as well as shoot from all around the floor. These issues plagued the Sixers both in real life and in NBA 2K20
After weeks of speculation, the team went out and acquired Alec Burks and Glenn Robinson III. Both provide much needed help off the bench. Burks is a 6’6″ wing that can also handle the ball while Robinson is a solid 3&D player shooting 40% from beyond on the year. If you didn’t know, Robinson was on the team during the process years at the end of the 2014-15 season.
Pretty ironic that almost five years later, after several long and difficult seasons, he’s now back to help the team contend for a title.
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Roster Moves Since The Start Of The Season
Who has come and gone since the start of the year besides Burks and Robinson III? After having his two-way contract expire last month, the team signed Norvelle Pelle to a full deal that will last until the end of the season. Marial Shayock is also currently with the team on a two-way deal but could be sent back to Delaware soon.
The team ultimately brought in three new faces, which of course means that three players must be subtracted. These players were Trey Burke, James Ennis, and Jonah Bolden. Bolden and Burke were both cut following the move for Burks and Ennis. Though never announced, it is likely that Ennis requested a trade. The team made moves and he was aware that he was not going to be seeing consistent minutes off the bench. With Burks and Robinson being added to go along with Korkmaz, Thybulle, Zhaire Smith, and Shake Milton, there was just too many mouths to feed.
In-game Overall Changes
Here’s which players have seen a change in overall since the game was released:
Ben Simmons (+1)
Tobias Harris (+1)
Al Horford (-1)
Josh Richardson (-1)
Matisse Thybulle (+3)
Mike Scott (-2)
Raul Neto (+1)
The biggest NBA 2K20 issue in regards to player overall is with Furkan Korkmaz. Furkan was someone that I listed as overrated then because I felt compared to Matisse and Zhaire, he was a little too high at 73. With his recent performances the last two games and this season, he needs an upgrade. His three point shot has gone up from a B+ to an A- but, that’s still not enough.
Ben Simmons should also be moved up more. He’s sitting at an 88 but there’s no reason he shouldn’t be up a 91 alongside Joel Embiid. Simmons is leading the league in steals averaging over two a game while also scoring 17 points and getting 8 rebounds and assists a game.
We consistently hear the same brain dead argument about Simmons and how he can’t shoot a three, how he doesn’t take shots within five feet of the net. Just watch this analysis tape from Scout with Bryan on his fantastic performance on MLK Day in the team’s comeback victory against Brooklyn.
Overall, the team is solid to play online with. Simmons is someone who can be unstoppable on the fast break and is one of the fastest players in the game. Embiid is a solid post player and rebounder. With the other additions the team added, they answered the team’s need for perimeter shooting.