With the regular season coming to a close, the Sixers are now gearing themselves for another run at the Eastern Conference title. After the makeover that the team went through at the trade deadline, there were a lot of questions raised as to what players were going to work their way into the rotation come playoff time. With less than ten games left in the regular season, the Sixers have found who is going to be their top wing player coming off the bench for them in their postseason run.
One of the moves Elton Brand made at the deadline was adding James Ennis from the Houston Rockets. He was acquired in exchange for swapping second round picks in the 2021 draft. Although a smaller move made at the deadline, it gave the Sixers a wing player to come off the bench who can shoot the ball and defend.
After the deadline passed and the roster was set, it was clear that there was going to be competition for minutes in the rotation. It seemed that it was going to come down to Ennis and the also newly acquired Jonathon Simmons. But in recent weeks, it is clear that Ennis is going to be the player to make the cut. Although he struggled in the beginning, he looks like he is starting to feel comfortable with this group.
In his first month with the team, he struggled on offense failing to break double digits in scoring and was only shooting 25% from three. But things have picked up since the start of March. In the last three weeks, Ennis has had three different games with at least ten points and five rebounds. In their last nine games, he is also shooting close to 40% from beyond.
Ennis has also stepped up on multiple occasions when called upon. He picked up a start against the Cavaliers when the team rested Jimmy Butler, and he hit a clutch three late in the game to help secure a win against the Hornets. Ennis is getting hot at the right time as the Sixers are going to need good bench production behind their star studded starting lineup if they are going to make an impact in the playoffs.