The Philadelphia 76ers will get their first look at James Harden when he makes his team debut Friday against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Harden was sidelined with a hamstring injury and sat out through the All-Star break but is good to go Friday.
10-time NBA All-Star James Harden will make his Philadelphia 76ers debut on Friday at Minnesota.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 24, 2022
76ers president of basketball operations Daryl Morey long sought Harden to pair with big man Joel Embiid and was finally able to get a deal done for the shooting guard. Morey first brought Harden to the Houston Rockets from the Oklahoma City Thunder, where the guard blossomed into a star and MVP. We’ll see if he can reach those same levels in Philadelphia, especially with a new roster around him and a dominant big man who demands post touches.
The 76ers are currently +700 to win the title per DraftKings Sportsbook and +370 to win the East. Philadelphia saw its odds rise after the Harden trade at the deadline, and we’ll start to see if that rise was justified in Friday’s game.