Alec Burks, Glenn Robinson III to make Sixers debuts vs. Bulls after trade from Warriors
Update: Both Glenn Robinson III and Alec Burks will make their 76ers debut against the Bulls tonight.
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Robinson was on track to play after passing his physical on Sunday morning, and it appears both players will suit up in front of the home crowd in Philly.
The Sixers were somewhat handicapped in terms of their ability to take on salary ahead of Thursday’s trade deadline, but they managed to add a pair of players who could provide much-needed floor spacing and playmaking on the offensive end of the floor.
Burks previously showcased his scoring ability as a member of the Utah Jazz, but the past few years had been a struggle as he bounced around a few different teams.
However, the 28-year-old was having an excellent season for the depleted Warriors. Burks was averaging 16.1 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.1 assists through his first 48 games, shooting 37.5 percent from beyond the arc on 4.7 attempts per game.
Robinson also had somewhat of a revival in Golden State. The former University of Michigan standout started in all 48 appearances for the Warriors, averaging 12.9 points and 4.7 rebounds while shooting an even 40 percent from deep on 3.5 attempts per contest. Robinson frequently accepted the challenge of guarding the opponents’ best players.
Both Burks and Robinson figure to add value to an inconsistent Sixers squad. Philly ranks just 20th in offensive rating, according to Basketball-Reference, and head coach Brett Brown has struggled to find effective rotations for Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons due in part to the team’s lack of depth.
The two newcomers figure to battle with Mike Scott and Furkan Korkmaz for minutes, though their respective skill sets might give Brown more flexibility moving forward.
Al Horford is also available for the Sixers on Sunday. Horford was initially questionable with a sore Achilles.