76ers should steer clear of making a trade, stick with what they have

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The 76ers closed out the first half of the season as the top seed in the East at 24-12.

Some believe the 76ers are an incomplete team and that they need to make a trade to ensure that deep playoff run the fans have been waiting two decades for.

They’re already there. Don’t change a thing.

The major additions they’ve made this offseason – most notably head coach Doc Rivers – have made this team far more complete than any 76ers team in recent memory. Danny Green and Seth Curry give the team enough outside shooting and veteran leadership to withstand any opponent.

You already have two All-Stars on the roster, one of whom, Joel Embiid, is the odds-on MVP of the league at this point. You can argue that Tobias Harris deserved All-Star consideration as well. 

Which teams in the NBA could this team not handle in a seven-game series? You could argue that they took the absolute best shot from the Utah Jazz – the team with the best record in the NBA at 27-9 – Wednesday night, and they won. Utah shot 20-for-37 (54.1%) from 3-point range in regulation. 

What does this team need that it doesn't already have? 

Some are eyeing Raptors star and Philly native Kyle Lowry for a potential homecoming. But would the things he would bring to the team outweigh what the Sixers would have to give up to get him? The bench scoring is already an issue, and one would have to believe that any trade for someone of Lowry’s ilk would cost the 76ers two players from their active roster.

Sometimes even making a tweak move could disrupt a team’s chemistry. The 76ers are rolling. Aside from a few uncharacteristic losses, nothing has happened this season to weaken the team’s chances of playing deep into the postseason. Why mess with what works?

Those that support a trade can point to the team’s shortcomings at 3-point shooting and turnovers. 

On 3-point shooting, it’s not that they aren’t making them. It’s that they aren’t shooting enough of them. They rank 15th in the league in 3-point percentage at 36.5%, but just 28th of 30 teams in attempts. 

Turning the ball over is something that has plagued this team for years. And as well as they’re doing, this year is no exception. The Sixers average 15.6 TO/game, fourth-most in the league. But I don’t see how making a trade would help this at all. Ben Simmons is still going to run the point for 36 minutes per night and his pace leads to turnovers.

General manager Daryl Morey is always looking for ways to make the team better. But making a trade in an effort to make this 76ers team better may do more harm than good.

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