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James Ennis III, Philly bench embracing ‘bulldog’ identity

James Ennis III is looking forward to play with the second unit for the Philadelphia 76ers.

The 29-year old envisions the second unit to be “bulldogs” when they come in for the starters, per Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer.

After being asked what are the early signs of the backup unit’s identity, the veteran swingman responded, “bulldogs.”

“We got Mike Scott leading us, myself, Furkan [Korkmaz], Kyle [O’Quinn] and whoever is on the second team will be bulldogs,” he said. “We’re ready to get stops.”

The Sixers have one of the best and biggest starting fives this upcoming season with Joel Embiid, Al Horford, and Tobias Harris manning the front court, and Ben Simmons and Josh Richardson running the back court.

Likewise, Philadelphia features a solid bench of scrappers, as Ennis mentioned. Mike Scott and Kyle O’Quinn aren’t afraid to bang bodies down low and will certainly not back down from anybody. Ennis, likewise, likes to do the dirty work for whichever team he plays for.

Their second unit should provide an added edge that the Sixers could use against the better teams of the league.

The Sixers acquired the 5-year veteran via trade last season from the Houston Rockets. In 18 regular season games with Philadelphia, Ennis averaged just 5.3 PPG and 3.6 RPG in 15 minutes per contest.

In the playoffs, Ennis was a major contributor off the bench for the Sixers. His minutes rose to 21 per game, and so did his production. During their 11 game playoff-run, Ennis posted 7.5 PPG and 3.8 RPG.

Philadelphia retained Ennis’ services this past summer with a one-year $4.1 million deal.