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Isaiah Joe has to be a 3-and-D player to earn a spot

Isaiah Joe has to be a 3-and-D player to earn a spot

In this new series, Sixers Wire looks at the 20 players, per Sportrac, that comprise the Philadelphia 76ers roster — 18 currently under contract and the two players on two-way deals — and gives each three goals for the 2022-23 season.

The new season begins on Oct. 18, and training camp begins on Sept. 27. Now is the time to begin previewing the new season of adventure that is Sixers basketball. Philadelphia will have to trim a few players as the active roster limit is 15.

This edition focuses on Isaiah Joe who is entering his third season and has a non-guaranteed contract at the moment. His contract becomes guaranteed on opening night and due to the fact that the Sixers have to trim some players on the roster in order to get to 15, he will have to earn his spot on the roster.

For Joe, his three goals are as follows:

Find consistency from deep

Joe was selected with the 49th pick in the 2020 NBA draft with the billing of being a shooter. He shot it well while at Arkansas, but that has yet to translate to the NBA level. He shot 36.8% from deep as a rookie, but he then shot just 33.3% in his second season. The shooting stroke is there, but it has yet to lead to any real success at the NBA level.

Combine it with defense

Joe can earn a spot on this roster by being a 3-and-D player. At the moment, the Sixers have some legitimate 3-and-D options in De’Anthony Melton and Danuel House Jr. so they could just turn to them, but for Joe to really catch the eye of the Sixers, he has to be able to contribute to this team on both ends of the floor.

Push the new additions

As mentioned, the Sixers added Melton and House Jr. in the offseason who could essentially replace Joe. They also have playoff experience so they know what to do in order to help a team have success in the postseason. For Joe to really get the job done and guarantee his contract, he will have to push those two in training camp and preseason and have his eye on them to earn a spot.

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