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Liberty Ballers Community Rankings: Jonah Bolden

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Including a poll to rank #13.

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Liberty Ballers is asking for the community’s help in ranking the Sixers’ full roster (12 active players, 3 inactive players, 2 two-way players) according to on-court value for the upcoming season. When casting a vote, you should concern yourself only with each player’s ability to contribute to winning this season. So, for example, maybe you believe Markelle Fultz will be a valuable member of the Sixers core over the next 5 seasons, but you also think he’ll be slight negative on the court for most of this season. Meanwhile, you expect Robert Covington to be an integral part of the starting lineup in 2018-2019, but in 3 or 4 years, you expect him to bottom out. From that perspective, Markelle would be the more player over the long haul, but you should place Covington above him in this ranking, due to Covington’s projected positive contributions this year. You can find the original post here, which includes the Sixers’ projected final roster.

Yesterday’s round of voting was for the 14th ranked player in terms of on-court value this season. Leading the group with 69% of the community’s vote was Jonah Bolden. Jonah comes in at 14th, above Shake Milton (15th), Jerryd Bayless (16th) and Demetrius Jackson (17th).

Jonah Bolden

Jonah Bolden has received mostly garbage time minutes in the three preseason games the Sixers have played to this point, and he’s appeared a bit lost during his time on the court. He doesn’t seem to have a defined skill set and it’s not clear what exactly he can offer the Sixers this season other than depth in the bigs department. Jonah is long and athletic, but without applying functionality to those features, they’ve gone to waste thus far.

To be fair, Bolden is entering his first NBA season (though he’s not young by rookie standards, at 22 years of age). It’s absolutely possible the Sixers and Brett Brown are able to develop Jonah into a solid rotational piece. But early on, for Bolden to find time on the court, he’ll have to bypass trusty veterans like Mike Muscala, Amir Johnson and Wilson Chandler, and I see that as longshot to happen. Even should Bolden get minutes, he’s unlikely to be a positive contributor to this team at this stage of his development. Bolden could see many DNPs or inactives, especially with Brown and company having aspirations for title contention. The community ranked him at 14th, and I’d say that’s just about right.

Sixers Community Rankings

Rank Player Vote percentage Runner-up Runner up vote % 3rd 3rd vote %
Rank Player Vote percentage Runner-up Runner up vote % 3rd 3rd vote %
17 Demetrius Jackson 41% Jerryd Bayless 29% Furkan Korkmaz 10%
16 Jerryd Bayless 29% Demetrius Jackon (leading vote getter) 32% Shake Milton 22%
15 Shake Milton 81% Jonah Bolden 8% Zhaire Smith 4%
14 Jonah Bolden 69% Zhaire Smith 17% Furkan Korkmaz 12%
13 Zhaire Smith 39% Furkan Korkmaz 37% Amir Johnson 8%
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Voting for 13th

Poll

Who will be the 13th most valuable player on the Sixers this season?

This poll is closed

  • 37%
    Furkan Korkmaz
    (136 votes)
  • 39%
    Zhaire Smith
    (143 votes)
  • 5%
    TJ McConnell
    (20 votes)
  • 4%
    Mike Muscala
    (17 votes)
  • 4%
    Landry Shamet
    (18 votes)
  • 8%
    Amir Johnson
    (31 votes)
365 votes total Vote Now