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On eve of regular season, Sixers finalize their roster

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With the start of their regular season just over 24 hours away, the Philadelphia 76ers have finalized their roster, according to a team press release:

PHILADELPHIA – OCT. 22, 2019 – Philadelphia 76ers General Manager Elton Brand announced today that the team has finalized its roster ahead of the 2019-20 regular season. Philadelphia has a total of 17 players, including two players on two-way contracts.

The roster features eight newcomers in Trey Burke (signed on July 30), Al Horford (signed on July 10), Raul Neto (signed on July 12), Kyle O’Quinn (signed on July 11), Norvel Pelle (joins the 76ers regular-season roster for the first time after signing on July 2), Josh Richardson (acquired on July 6), Marial Shayok (No. 54 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft) and Matisse Thybulle (acquired in 2019 NBA Draft-night trade, No. 20 overall pick) and nine returning players in Jonah Bolden, Joel Embiid, James Ennis III, Tobias Harris, Furkan Korkmaz, Shake Milton, Mike Scott, Ben Simmons and Zhaire Smith. Pelle and Shayok, the two players under two-way contracts, will spend time with both the 76ers and its G League affiliate, the Delaware Blue Coats.

The final roster, in alphabetical order:

Jonah Bolden
Trey Burke
Joel Embiid
James Ennis III
Tobias Harris
Al Horford
Furkan Korkmaz
Shake Milton
Raul Neto
Kyle O’Quinn
Norvel Pelle*
Josh Richardson
Mike Scott
Marial Shayok*
Ben Simmons
Zhaire Smith
Matisse Thybulle

*Two-way contract

No surprises here. A damn talented roster heading into the season. Not flawless — shot creation and spot shooting are both areas of need for the Sixers. But they’ll have opportunities to address those, whether it be at the trade deadline or in the buyout market. Top to bottom, this is the strongest squad this franchise has had in quite some time.