Sixers Should Roll the Dice on Former All-Star Trying for NBA Comeback

The Philadelphia 76ers should seriously consider adding this veteran guard trying to make an NBA roster.
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Despite constantly reshaping the roster around Joel Embiid, the Philadelphia 76ers are yet to get over the hump and make it past the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs. With the addition of Paul George in free agency, the pressure is on the Sixers to go farther than any previous version of this team has.

To achieve that, the Sixers must add experienced veterans who can be good locker room presences. Philadelphia has struggled at times to keep its cool in high-pressure moments, as exhibited by their late-game performances and collapses against the Knicks in the playoffs. A mentor and team leader who's respected by everyone could do wonders for the Sixers come playoff time.

One name they should consider for this role is former All-Star guard Isaiah Thomas. The 35-year-old is still trying to make an NBA roster after finishing out his contract with the Phoenix Suns.

At this stage of his career, Thomas is not going to make a big impact on the court. He hasn't played at a high enough level since his hip injury in Boston in 2017. He has bounced around the league and hasn't been able to stay on a team for longer than a season.

However, he is a widely respected veteran due to his inspirational journey to the NBA. At 5'9 and the last pick of the 2011 NBA Draft, Thomas defied all odds to turn himself into an NBA All-Star and an MVP candidate in his prime.

As a locker room presence and mentor, it's hard to find a better option than Thomas. All-Star guard Tyrese Maxey would presumably benefit greatly from the addition of IT with the last roster spot.

Daryl Morey still has a lot of work to do as the Sixers need to fill out the rest of their roster. They shouldn't ignore the locker room when doing so.

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