Philadelphia 76ers: Alec Burks and Glenn Robinson III will fit in perfectly

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After watching player after player come off the board, Alec Burks and Glen Robinson are now the Philadelphia 76ers’ one-two punch coming off the bench.

It happened, it finally happened: After watching player after player come off the board earlier in the day, the Philadelphia 76ers finally added not one, but two 3-and-D scorers coming off the bench via the Golden State Warriors in Alec Burks and Glenn Robinson III.

But oh no, what did it cost? Did the 76ers have to surrender Zhaire Smith? Mike Scott? *Gasp* not Furkan Korkmaz?

Nope, none of the above. Chalk it up to the Warriors’ underrated commitment to getting under the luxury tax, but after watching first-rounder after first-rounder exchanged in the four-team, 12-player deal that netted the Houston Rockets Robert Covington, Elton Brand secured the two 6-foot-6 wings for the low, low price of three second-round picks; and not even three good second-round picks.

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According to The Athletic’s senior 76ers writer Derek Bodner, the three picks Brand surrendered were Dallas’ 2020 second, Denver’s 2021 second, and Toronto’s 2022 second, leaving the Hawks’ 2020 second, the Knicks’ 2020 second, and the Knicks’ 2021 second still in their war chest.

Could this set up for a second move before the trade deadline to punch up the roster even further? Maybe so, but the team will certainly need to make some corresponding move in the not too distant future, as their roster is currently capped out at 15.

But regardless who has to go to facilitate the move, the players Brand added are exactly what the 76ers have been missing: Guards who can shoot and score.

On the season – albeit the Warriors’ injury strapped season – Burke ranked third on the team in points per game at 16.1 in 29 minutes of action, and GRIII ranked fifth with 12.9 points in 31.6 minutes of action a night. Will those numbers go down when they slot into reserve roles moving forward? Oh most definitely, but their per 36 numbers, 20.0 and 14.7, would still rank third and eighth on the Sixers respectfully.

Additionally, while neither Burks or Robinson are lockdown defenders, the duo both measure in at 6-foot-6, and should allow the 76ers to maintain their size and switchability against even the biggest teams in the NBA.

Factor in the fact that Burks is shooting 37.5 percent from 3 on 4.7 attempts a game and Robinson is shooting an even 40 percent on 3.5 attempts and the Sixers’ bottom-three bench just got a whole lot more potent.

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Are Alec Burks and Glenn Robinson the new Marco Belinelli and Ersan Ilyasova? Can Burks mesh with Trey Burke (obviously no relation) from their shared time in Utah and give Brett Brown some much-needed secondary playmaking in the half-court? Can Robinson’s slam dunk championship pedigree give Ben Simmons a dynamic alley-oop partner when the team pushes tempo? Only time will tell, but after things looked dire not 12 hours ago, it looks like the Philadelphia 76ers aren’t rolling over just yet.