Sixers Bell Ringer preseason ranking
André Drummond: 1
Georges Niang: 1
Furkan Korkmaz : 1
The Philadelphia 76ers ended their four-game preseason schedule with a 112-106 loss to the Detroit Pistons on Friday. Running out of six rotational players, including three (or four) starters, the Sixers fell behind early and saw the deficit swell to 22 before building a load in the fourth quarter, which Detroit ultimately pushed back. Games will count for real starting Wednesday in New Orleans against the Pelicans at 8 p.m. EST. It’s time to talk about Bell Ringer. Let’s go.
Isaiah Joe: 14 points, three assists, three rebounds, one against
Without my embarrassing omission to open the Bell Ringer 2021-22 series, Joe would have featured in all of them during the preseason. He maintained his scorching outside shot and managed a few triples of movement, as well as a well beyond the arc. He also played in a float, a shot it would be up to him to incorporate into his arsenal of interior scorers. When the Pistons sent him multiple bodies, he leveraged that attention to produce quality shots for his teammates. Defensively, he executed a pair of hard-hitting pick-and-roll assist rotations and continued to pose some trouble as a physical devastator on the ball. Joe wasn’t mentioned much during training camp, but his game is the biggest storyline of the preseason.
The Sixers having another shooter in Isaiah Joe who is so comfortable shooting like this is really helpful.
He’s had a great preseason (and Summer League) and deserves a spot in the rotation. pic.twitter.com/7Z52GCY3Xb
– Tom West (@TomWestNBA) October 15, 2021
Tyrese Maxey: 16 points, five rebounds, three assists, one steal
Starting his second preseason outing on three occasions, Maxey wreaked havoc as a pick-and-roll slasher throughout the opening 24 minutes, including 11 points in the first quarter on 5 of 6 shots. Be it an imbalanced skinny, left-handed float or contact finishes, he regularly bumped into the teeth of the Detroit defense and excelled. At one point, the Pistons brazenly ducked under a screen, so he slipped a three off the rebound and nailed it. He had a few defensive mistakes and his run into the second half was less successful than before the break, but Friday was an encouraging performance in which he showed much of his attacking look.
Paul Reed: 15 points, seven rebounds, two assists, two steals, two blocks
Reed was instrumental in bringing the Sixers back in the second half to almost steal this one from Detroit. It flew around the ground defensively to protect the rim and take out, cooked the float, and rolled well in ball screens. His engine produced five fouls and his off-ball defense was patchy at times, but he was one of the few guys whose energy brought Philadelphia back into the game.
Who is Friday’s Bell Ringer against the Pistons?