3 76ers on Thin Ice After James Harden Trade

Now that a James Harden deal is finally done, these 76ers could be the next to leave Philadelphia if they aren't careful.

De'Anthony Melton is one of three Philadelphia 76ers who are on thin ice following Monday's James Harden trade.
De'Anthony Melton is one of three Philadelphia 76ers who are on thin ice following Monday's James Harden trade. / Kyle Ross-USA TODAY Sports
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3. Patrick Beverley

On the surface, it doesn't look like Patrick Beverley is having that bad of a campaign. Coming off the bench, the veteran guard is averaging 2.7 points (on 66/7% shooting), 3.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, and 1.0 blocks while playing a career-low 17 minutes per night.

Unfortunately, things aren't as promising as they seem.

For starters, Beverley is averaging 7.6 points per 100 possessions — the worst mark of his 12-year career. And while he's most relied on for his defense, he's struggled in that area, too, resulting in a personal-worst 93.5 defensive rating on top of a minus-2.1 box plus/minus.

It certainly doesn't help that he's averaging 6.6 personal fouls per 100 — again, another career worst.

Beverley's struggles aren't as noticeable due to his low playing time. However, what happens if Tyrese Maxey is sidelined, thrusting the 35-year-old into a bigger role? The 76ers would be in trouble if his current level of play continues.

Only signed to a one-year deal, Beverley's $2 million cap hit is easily moveable if a trade is eventually in the cards. Still, he's a valuable defender when he's on his game and a team like the 76ers can never have too many of those, so let's keep our fingers crossed that Beverley turns things around before it's too late.

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