Projected 76ers starting and closing roster for 2022-23 season: Best options to complement James Harden and Joel Embiid

Few teams have had as good an offseason as the 76ers.

Not only did Philadelphia re-sign James Harden to a team-friendly deal, it acquired De’Anthony Melton in a trade and made some major free agency signings in PJ Tucker and Danuel House Jr.

Depth was an issue for the 76ers last season. Now they ride around 10 deep.

What impact will this have on the team’s starting and closing roster? Let’s take a closer look.

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Projected 76ers starting roster for 2022-23 season

Philadelphia most used starting composition in the 2021-22 season were Harden, Tyrese Maxey, Matisse Thybulle, Tobias Harris and Joel Embiid. All five remain on the team, but Thybulle will likely be replaced in the starting lineup by Tucker, the team’s biggest off-season acquisition.

Tucker enters his season at 37, but has long been one of the best role players in the NBA. In addition to being a versatile defenseman, he is a threat from the 3-point line and a factor on the offensive glass.

A bonus: Tucker has experience with Harden. In fact, only seven players have never recorded more games with Harden than Tucker.

76ers starting lineup projection
Position Player
PG James Harden
SG Tyrese Maxey
SF Tobias Harris
PF P.J. Tucker
VS Joel Embid

A lineup of Harden, Maxey, Harris, Tucker and Embiid presents a good balance between playing, shooting and defending. Health provided, they should rack up a ton of kills.

Projection of the 76ers’ final roster for the 2022-23 season

It’s hard to imagine a situation where Harden, Maxey and Embiid aren’t on the floor together to close games. The 76ers were dynamite when the three shared the field last season, outscoring their opponents by an average of 15.1 points per 100 possessions.

As for who fills the other two spots, Harris and Tucker are the top contenders. Harris gives them more shots and some juice on the ball while Tucker is the type of low-use player you want to close games next to a pair of stars.

For what it’s worth, Maxey, Harris and Embiid led the 76ers in total clutch minutes last season, followed by Seth Curry and Thybulle. Curry was included in the trade that brought Harden to Philadelphia and Tucker will likely steal a good chunk of Thybulle’s minutes. Why? Dynamics of a defender like Thybulle – he earned two All-Defensive selections in three seasons of his career – he’s a more limited offensive player than Tucker.

The 76ers have options beyond Thybulle and Tucker. House is a solid defender and 3-point shooter, as is Melton. If they need to shoot strictly, Furkan Korkmaz and Georges Niang will let him fly.

This depth should come in handy if someone gets hurt.

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