3 76ers on the Nice List (& 2 on the Naughty List) This Christmas

With how the 2023-24 NBA season has unfoled thus far, find out where these five 76ers land when it comes to Santa Claus' Nice and Naughty Lists this Christmas.

Joel Embiid is one of three 76ers to find himself on Santa's Nice List this Christmas.
Joel Embiid is one of three 76ers to find himself on Santa's Nice List this Christmas. / Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
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76ers Nice List #3: Nicolas Batum

76ers fans weren't too excited when Nicolas Batum arrived in the City of Brotherly Love. After all, the 35-year-old veteran was a thrown-in as a part of the James Harden deal due to his $11.7 million cap hit this season, which comes off the books when he hits free agency next summer.

While he isn't going to pull off highlight-reel plays or win a game on his own, Batum has been a solid addition to the 76ers' starting lineup. The French power forward has done a bit of everything so far, averaging 6.2 PTS/3.9 REB/2.2 AST while shooting 56.1% from the floor and 49.0% from the three-point line.

Furthermore, his 151 offensive rating per 100 possessions is, by far, the highest mark of his 16-year career.

Again, Batum isn't a household name, but his reliable play is a key reason why the 76ers are 13-4 when he's in the lineup this season. There's always a chance that he could wind up behing moved ahead of the trade deadline as a salary filler, but continuing at his current pace might just keep him in Philly for the season.

Regardless of what the future looks like, Batum deserves a Merry Christmas this weekend.