By Christopher Kline
The Philadelphia 76ers could reintroduce Furkan Korkmaz to the rotation soon.
After suffering a torn meniscus in February, Furkan Korkmaz‘s future with the Philadelphia 76ers became uncertain. His team option was declined early in the season, making him an unrestricted free agent next summer. People questioned whether or not he’d see the floor again this season.
According to The Athletic’s Rich Hofmann, Korkmaz is now participating in shooting drills. Brett Brown said the 21-year-old could return to the “bullpen” for the playoffs, indicating the backup wing debate isn’t fully settled.
Following Korkmaz’s injury, James Ennis quickly established himself as the go-to wing off the bench. Jonathon Simmons has seen minimal playing time in recent weeks. Before the injury, however, Korkmaz was getting strong consideration (and playing time) from Brown.
Given the Sixers’ title aspirations, Ennis should maintain his grip on the 15-20 minutes he’s currently receiving each night. He’s long, more athletic, and presents fewer defensive liabilities than Korkmaz — especially in a postseason setting.
While Korkmaz has the length to one day become an apt defender, he’s too thin to combat stronger wings and lacks the speed to contain quicker guards. Ennis, while not an elite defender, plugs those holes...