By Haskell Arnold
It’s been less than a week since the Sixers dumped Al Horford, he massive salary and his eroding skills and picked up Danny Green and Seth Curry,
So, let’s take a look under the hood of this deal.
Ditching Horford alone was worth whatever it ended up costing.
He was an awful fit alongside Joel Embiid, and Philly was minus 0.5 points per 100 possessions when Embiid and Horford shared the court. But their margin jumped to a plus 8.7 per 100 possessions when Embiid played without Horford.
So to be able to dump Horford on the Thunder, while also getting the three-time champion Danny Green, while also swinging a separate deal to land a Splash Brother’s literal brother? For a team that desperately needs shooting? It’s hard to imagine how the Sixers could have done any better.
With a 45 percent shooter from deep like Seth Curry on the Sixers’ roster, opponents will be far less able to double- and triple-team Embiid in the paint or crowd the lane to seal off Ben Simmons. And while Green was merely average from deep this past season, at 37 percent or so, he’s a 40 percent shooter for his career, plays solid perimeter defense and sports a high on-court IQ to boot.