For a refresher on what constitutes a Bell Ringer, please reference the initial post.
Final Bell Ringer Regular Season Standings:
Joel Embiid - 27
Ben Simmons - 20
Jimmy Butler - 10
JJ Redick - 9
Tobias Harris - 4
Zhaire Smith - 2
Robert Covington - 1
Dario Saric - 1
T.J. McConnell - 1
Mike Scott - 1
Boban Marjanovic - 1
Jonah Bolden - 1
Landry Shamet - 1
Furkan Korkmaz - 1
Shake Milton - 1
Corey Brewer - 1
We made it! 82 games. A major trade for a star where we saw beloved Sixers depart. Another major trade for a star where the last premium draft asset the Sixers possessed left the coffers. A minor trade to receive any sort of return for a young player who was supposed to be a star, but as of yet, has been anything but one. Through it all, 51 wins and the third seed in the Eastern Conference.
Before we charge ahead with the Brooklyn series and (hopefully) foes beyond, let’s take a look back at the final Bell Ringer results for this regular season. On the whole, I feel this exercise has yielded an accurate representation of the team’s year.
Joel Embiid will come in or around somewhere between 5th-8th in MVP voting for the entire league. It only makes sense that he would lead the team in Bell Ringers, as the MVP of this Sixers club. Not far behind is Ben Simmons, the other young franchise cornerstone and the leader in games played this season as a Sixer (79).
The next tier is comprised of the rest of the current starters. Jimmy Butler slots in third, the biggest name among this season’s new arrivals, who played 55 games in Philadelphia red, white, and blue. JJ Redick is just behind him, the veteran whose shooting ability is so crucial to the Sixers’ offense functioning. JJ was tied with T.J. McConnell for second on the team with 76 games played. Then, you have Tobias Harris, who was a late arrival for these purposes, tallying 27 games thus far in Philadelphia.
After the starters, we have the biggest surprise on the charts: Zhaire Smith! The rookie nearly died recently due to a severe allergic reaction, but that didn’t stop him from returning at the end of the season to record two Bell Ringers across just six career NBA games. I checked with Basketball-Reference, and that Bell Ringer-per-game rate is the highest in NBA history!
Then, we have all the one-off winners. It never failed to brighten my spirit to see Dario Saric and Robert Covington on this list; it wouldn’t have been the same without them. Then, you have the regular role players like T.J. McConnell, Mike Scott, and Boban Marjanovic, who rose to a higher calling for one night. After that group, you can see all the young players: Jonah Bolden, Landry Shamet, Furkan Korkmaz, and Shake Milton. One is already gone and another has possibly played his last game as a Sixer, but all offered a brief, but exciting, glimpse of the future.
Finally, we have the strangest inclusion on the list in retrospect: Corey Brewer. Brewer was here on two 10-day contracts, but grew to such levels of fan appreciation that one fan showed up with a custom Sixers Brewer jersey the night Corey came back to the Wells Fargo Center with Sacramento. Brewer is the perfect representative for what a fun, strange season this has been.
Now, with the playoffs a day away, I wanted to ask how the LB community would like to proceed with this segment for the postseason.
We could keep things the same, selecting a Bell Ringer for each game, win or loss.
We could still list all the positive performances, but not select a winner for the losses.
We could keep things the same for wins, but select who was the biggest factor for each loss (I know the Sixers are going to go 4-4-4-4, but just in case). Personally, I’m not a fan of that option; there is too much negativity swirling about in the down times as it is, and I don’t like the idea of feeding into that at all. But hey, this is for the readers, so you can decide.
Lastly, we could scrap Bell Ringer posts altogether for the playoffs.
Vote in the poll below, and let us know in the comments what you think. Thank you for reading this feature throughout the season!
How should we treat Bell Ringer during the postseason?
This poll is closed
Keep things the same
Keep things similar, just not selecting a winner for losses
Keep things the same for wins, but do the reverse for losses
Scrap Bell Ringer for the playoffs