The Philadelphia 76ers are already looking for ways to limit the damage from their three-pointer attack, and they might be looking to add one more dimension to the effort.
While it might not seem like much, the 76ers have a lot of room for improvement in that department, as they have only shot 37.9 percent from deep during the Sixers’ three-game winning streak.
Russell could help the Sixers take advantage of the lack of three-pointers by going to the free-throw line.
The Sixers have shot 50.4 percent from the line over the last two seasons, the lowest mark in the NBA.
The best three-man lineups in the league for this stretch are the Los Angeles Clippers, Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors.
Philadelphia could add Russell to the mix, but that would be a risky move.
The 76ers currently have only three players who are shooting above 60 percent from beyond the arc, and there’s a good chance that the team could go with a platoon of shooters.
They also have a handful of veterans who could be available for the stretch run, which would be ideal.
One way to make this more likely is to get an offensive rebounder in the paint.
The Philadelphia defense has allowed the fifth-fewest points per possession on the offensive end.
This could allow a point guard to get a few more looks to make a play.
If Russell is healthy, he’s one of the NBA’s most versatile players.
He can play the point, center, power forward, shooting guard, point guard, wing, and even small forward.
The 6-foot-10 forward has also shot a career-best 46.3 percent from three-Point range in his career, and he’s shooting 55.6 percent from 3-point range over the past three seasons.
He’s also a threat from the wing, which the Sixers are sorely lacking at the moment.
Russell is a strong rebounder and a willing passer, so he could provide the Sixers with another option to score in transition.
He could also be used as a shooter off the bounce, as he’s shot 47.6.
This would make him a useful addition to any team looking to stretch the floor against the Celtics.
Russell has a lot to offer in the post.
The 28-year-old could potentially play the three-guard position in Philly, where he could thrive if he’s healthy.
He’s also capable of scoring inside with his size, which could make him more appealing to teams looking to find a stretch four in the offseason.
He could also play the 4 in a system similar to the one the 76.5 team used to have in its first season.