From all of us here at The Sixer Sense: Happy Thanksgiving! We hope you enjoy your special day with special people. Naturally, the Sixers are not in action tonight. With Philadelphia Sports temporarily suspended, it’s a great time to reflect on what we’re grateful for.
There is no team more consistently frustrated than the Philadelphia 76ers. However, those who deal with this site love them almost exclusively. It’s been a long, arduous journey to get to this point – he played 0.5 more ball than halfway through November – but despite many trials and tribulations, it’s hard not to have an affection for the house Joel Embiid has built.
What we’re thankful for with every Sixers player
- Joel Embiid: his permanent commitment
There were plenty of opportunities for Embiid to vent his displeasure with the Sixers organization and thus work his way into a new, perhaps even better, franchise. Colangelo and Twitter fiasco, Jimmy Butler’s botched decision, years and years of second-round exits. But Embiid has remained throughout that time, steadfast in his commitment to bringing the championship back to Philadelphia.
- James Harden: his strength
James Harden has changed the way he plays. Not quite the gritty, explosive athlete who dominated Houston, Harden instead learned to use his unique physicality as a weapon to make up for his lack of explosiveness. He has long been the strongest guard in the NBA, but now Harden is constantly using that strength to flatten out defenders and create space inside the arc.
- Therese Maxi: his smile
Is there anything better than Therese Maxi’s smile? The effervescent joy with which he plays is a new sensation, one that we haven’t really felt since Embiid’s early days with the team. It makes rooting for Maxey fun, but more importantly, it rubs off on the rest of the squad.
- Tobias Harris: drive it
There are plenty of valid criticisms of Tobias Harris on the field, but off the field he may be the most important person on the team. His efforts to bring the players together and provide accountability in the dressing room have been essential.
- PJ Tucker: His dog mentality
PJ Tucker’s offensive exploits have been few and far between since his arrival in Philadelphia, but he remains an accomplished defender whose tireless efforts can tip game momentum in the Sixers’ favor.
- DeAnthony Melton: His pickpocketing skills
The Sixers have been blessed with a new deflection magnet. De’Anthony Melton does not allow passes to advance beyond what he sees fit.
- George Niang: his courage
Who cares if he’s athletic enough? George Nyang plays too much flare and self-confidence for random traits like “Athletic” to enter the equation.
- Daniel House Jr.: Well rounded
At Danuel House Jr. Sixers have a winger who can shoot, dribble under pressure, make crisp passes and defend… that’s never happened before?
- Paul Reed: Its ability to remove mud
It’s out of the mud. You know what I mean.
- Milton’s check: his readiness
Shake Milton opened the season glued to the bench. Now, he’s the starting spot and giving the Sixers 20+ points per game while serving as the lead facilitator. Stay ready. This is the benefit of good depth.
- Montreal Harrell: its hardness
I’m not sure I agree with Montrezl Harrell’s handling of Giannis Antetokounmpo post-game after Philly’s win over Milwaukee, but I appreciate the commitment to this thing. It will annoy the opponent players.
- Mattis Thibul: his effort level
Despite the limited minutes and chances to fall back, Matisse Thybulle has never put in less than 100 percent effort when he’s on the floor.
- Furkan Korkmaz: This pre-season hype video
Remember that time Furkan Korkmaz released a preseason hype video set to the Spaghetti Western Band soundtrack? I’m sure about that.
- jEden Springer: Island real estate
A lot of people have given up on Jaden Springer. My real estate investment in Jaden Springer Island has grown accordingly. To all of you my thanks.
- know reads: His dribbling ability
For a moment there, the Sixers were sorely lacking in players who could dribble. Welcome to the club, Sabine Lee!
- Julien Champagne: cleverness
The Sixers have long struggled to find big wings who can shoot, defend and pass – just do a little bit of everything. I’m tired of one direction guys too. Thanks to Julien Champagne for striving to be more than one dimensional.