The Philadelphia 76ers have redefined just how bad an NBA team can be when they are going in full-on tank mode. Not only did they trade their only valuable asset in Jrue Holiday in exchange for injured first-round draft pick Nerlens Noel, but they have made little-to-no effort to improve with the signings that they have made this off-season.
Now they have signed another player to join the tank-party in Philly. According to a report from Jason Wolf of USA Today on Thursday, the Sixers have agreed to sign former Los Angeles Lakers guard Darius Morris. It’s pretty safe to say that Morris won’t be making this Sixers team a great deal better.
With the Lakers last season, Morris was featured more prominently than many Lakers fans would have liked him to be. He played in 48 games, including 17 starts, and averaged four points, 1.6 assists and 1.2 rebounds in 14.2 minutes per game while shooting only 38.8 percent from the floor and a decent 36.4 percent from three.
Morris wasn’t great on either end of the floor for L.A. last season. Offensively he ranked just 345th in the league in terms of points per possession, though he was productive in spot-up opportunities where he shot 41.5 percent from long-range. Defensively he wasn’t much better as he ranked only 342nd in the NBA in regards to points per possession, though he did rank 66th in the league in defending the pick-and-roll.
Morris is probably going to see minutes this season for Philadelphia simply because the Sixers are going to be terrible. After all, that is the plan. Isn’t tanking fun, guys?