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Off-The-Court Fun Facts About Each New Sixer

2020 NBA Finals - Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images

How about your brand new Philadelphia 76ers? All it took was one night — draft night — for the Sixers’ new President of Basketball Operations to materially change the team’s roster and short-term outlook.

First, Daryl Morey accomplished the gargantuan feat of trading Al Horford, a first-round pick and a second-round pick to Oklahoma City for veteran three-and-D specialist Danny Green. Then, Morey capitalized on some good luck, as the first round of the draft went the Sixers’ way and enabled the team to select Kentucky guard Tyrese Maxey with the 21st overall pick. Soon after, Morey acted again via trade, sending Josh Richardson — a fine player who was unfortunately miscast and overextended on last year’s team — and a second-rounder to Dallas in exchange for cost-controlled sharpshooter Seth Curry. To round out the night, Morey added Isaiah Joe — a conscious-less 3-point bomber — with the 49th overall selection, and then nabbed Paul Reed — an unheralded, toolsy, defense-first big man — with the 58th pick.

Thus far in free agency, Morey has been mostly quiet. On night one, he pulled off a surprising reunion, adding recent champion Dwight Howard on a veteran-minimum contract to serve as Joel Embiid’s backup, and thus spurning the dreams of Process diehards praying for a reunion with former Sixer Nerlens Noel. He also sent Zhaire Smith to Detroit in exchange for center Tony Bradley.

If you’re like me, part of (possibly the only part of) the fun of rooting for the Sixers is in developing an interest in and a knowledge about the players on the team, off the court. Whether it’s Doc Rivers’ position on the NBA’s new social justice leadership counsel, Joel Embiid’s recent fatherhood, or Matisse Thybulle’s impossibly insufficient Chick-fil-A orders, I love it all. So let’s take a look around the internet and gather up some fun facts about the lives of our newest Sixers.

Danny Green

2020 NBA Finals - Los Angeles Lakers v Miami Heat Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images

6-foot-6, 215 lbs, 33 years old.

Tyrese Maxey

Anthony Edwards and Tyrese Maxey Pro Day at The Sports Academy Photo by Jim Poorten/NBAE via Getty Images

6-foot-3, 200 lbs, 20 years old.

Seth Curry

Los Angeles Clippers v Dallas Mavericks - Game Four Photo by Ashley Landis-Pool/Getty Images

6-foot-2, 185 lbs, 30 years old.

  • The most notable fun fact about Seth is that he is married to new head coach Doc Rivers’ daughter, Callie. Of course, Seth’s brother is Stephen Curry.
  • Curry’s younger sister, Sydel, is married to current Warriors guard Damion Lee.
  • According to his Instagram, it appears that Curry is somewhat of an avid gamer, which ought to fit in quite nicely next to Simmons. Both, I believe, are in the FaZe Clan, which appears to be some sort of online gaming society.

Isaiah Joe

NCAA Basketball: Tennessee at Arkansas Brett Rojo-USA TODAY Sports

6-foot-5, 180 lbs, 21 years old.

  • As a very recent second-round-pick, there sadly isn’t much publicly available about Joe’s personality or personal life. What we do know, however, is that in August, Joe announced that he would be withdrawing from the NBA draft. A few weeks later, Joe reversed course and decided to keep his hat in the ring. What we know now is that this reversal was highly likely due to a draft promise from the Sixers.

Paul Reed

NCAA Basketball: Big East Tournament-Xavier vs DePaul Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

6-foot-9, 220 lbs, 21 years old.

Dwight Howard

NBA: Finals-Los Angeles Lakers at Miami Heat Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

6-foot-10, 265 lbs, 34 years old.

(Note: this column was intended to feature fun facts about the Sixers’ new acquisitions. In combing through Howard’s Wikipedia page, I came across a number of incidents which are expressly not fun. But they shouldn’t be ignored, so if you’re interested, click here or here.)

Tony Bradley

NBA: New York Knicks at Utah Jazz Russell Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

6-foot-10, 248 lbs, 22 years old.

  • A hot commodity coming out of high school in Florida, Bradley opted for North Carolina as his collegiate choice over Kansas, Florida, Florida State, Vanderbilt, Alabama, Miami and NC State.
  • According to his Instagram, Bradley hosted a basketball camp in Utah for local kids.
  • Bradley is described as earnest and polite, and apparently got “accidentally muscular” during the NBA shutdown last spring.

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