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 Naughty List #1: Jaden Springer

Every season, 76ers fans hope it'll finally be the one when Jaden Springer breaks out. The former 2021 28th-overall selection hasn't lived up to expectations, but that didn't stop his supporters from thinking that'd change this year.

Unfortunately, that hasn't been the case.

Springer has been one of the 76ers' most inefficient shooters. He's shooting 37.9% on 3.6 field-goal attempts and 29.4% on 1.1 three-pointer tries through 16 games without a start. Despite averaging five more minutes than he did as a sophomore, Springer's 3.8 PTS/1.6 REB/1.1 AST is a minuscule improvement over last year's numbers (2.6 PTS/0.9 REB/0.5 AST).

In fact, Springer's 13.0 points per 100 possessions are four fewer than last season.

On one hand, Springer just turned 21 in September and likely isn't close to his prime yet. On the other hand, 76ers fans are losing patience and it wouldn't be surprising if he ends up being traded to a destination that believes he can be a full-time NBA player one day.

Philadelphia just might not be the right fit for Springer, but that alone doesn't save him from being on the Naughty List.

76ers Naughty List #2: Furkan Korkmaz

Furkan Korkmaz's time with the 76ers has been interesting, to say the least. Drafted 26th overall in 2016, it didn't take long for Korkmaz to establish himself as a solid shooting threat off the bench, averaging 9.5 points with 1.9 threes on 39.0% shooting in 2020 and 2021.

But despite his promising trajectory, Korkmaz found himself falling out of favor after finishing the 2021-22 campaign with a 38.7% success rate from the field and a 28.9% three-point percentage. Despite improving his efficiency the following year, the Turkish talent only logged 9.5 minutes across 37 games without a start.

Fast forward to the current campaign and things have changed... for the worst. Kormaz's 6.8 minutes per outing are the lowest since his rookie year and he isn't exactly thriving with his given opportunities, averaging 1.9 points on putrid .343/.263/.778 splits.

He'll have a solid performance once every blue moon — like his 10-point, 3-steal showing vs. the Toronto Raptors on Nov. 2 — but the bad outweighs the good. Korkmaz has finished 18 of 19 outings with five or fewer points, which includes being held scoreless 10 times.

A fresh start could help the 26-year-old, but it's also telling that his multiple trade requests have gone nowhere. There likely isn't any value associated with his name anymore, meaning his best bet is to wait until free agency next summer to explore his options.

For now, hopefully Korkmaz has more success doing something with the coal in his stocking than he has with a basketball in his hands this season.