So its been a few days since the NBA draft was completed and the 76ers made some noise especially with the way they handled their 10th overall pick.
If 76er fans are worried about the start so far this season they shouldn’t be. I originally posted that this team could be the 7th seed this year and I still think that. They have had a tough start but to their defense every team ,except the Pistons who they beat, were in the playoffs last year. Not only were they in the playoffs but they all made it to the Semis or better. That is a tough start for any team. Stay with them, this season is going to get real fun real soon.
Washington – Conference Semis
Boston – Conference Finals
Toronto – Conference Semis
Houston – Conference Semis
So I thought it would be proper to update this since the Sixers just beat the Cavs putting them at 49 Wins for the season. Below is the article that I wrote at the beginning of the season. The most glaring to stand out was that I though the Sixers would win between 45-50 games this season. Now you’ll see that I thought Simmons would break the rookie record for triple doubles. I may have been off a bit but 2nd most all time for a rookie is pretty damn good. Also Embiid proved to be the most dominant force on the court. I will say I screwed up a little by saying they would at least be a 7 seed. My bad, I didn’t know they would be the 3 or 4 seed. I can’t get em all right.
I have been waiting what feels like forever to have some form of good basketball back in Philadelphia. We had a glimmer of hope last year before they shut down the roster. This draft could be where the Sixers actually get a player that will play right out of of the gate. That’s right, no weird injuries, no overseas contract, just hard basketball and excitement back in Philly.
The draft this year is loaded with talent and at number three spot the 76ers will have the chance to hopefully draft and impact player in Josh Jackson out of Kansas. This guy has a good all around game, is patient, and has good size. He has some ability to pass the rock as well. He has a Lebron type of game play (This is not the next Lebron James – he is a once a generation player) and can do a lot on the floor. At 6-8 he just continues to add size to an already large lineup with Ben Simmons Ben Simmons at 6-10 and Joel Embiid at 7-0. The down fall the Sixers may get into a situation where there is to much young talent and not enough basketballs to go around. Unselfish game play will be a must in the city of Brotherly love.
If the Sixers get beat and Jackson goes at #2 to the Lakers I only hope that they don’t take Lonzo Ball. I am not saying this because I think his dad is crazy but everything is indicating that Ben Simmons is going to be your point guard. So why would you draft another point guard unless you are going to move Simmons to the three (SF). If you don’t get Jackson at three then the next logical pick should be Malik Monk. Monk is widely considered the best pure shooter in this draft. His 6-3 height is a little small at the #2 (SG) spot but with Ben Simmons being 6-10 he should draw larger defenders. In either scenario the combination of Simmons and either Monk or Jackson is going to generate some awesome basketball. The key to a playoff run is going to be the Health of Joel Embiid.
In the later rounds the Sixers should either package the picks to try and get a veteran on the team to help guide all this young talent or if they don’t package picks then it’s all about continuing to add shooters to the bench. The Sixers are coming into a great spot where the can begin to get good and have an chance to add some amazing free agents in the next couple of years. This all hinges on them staying healthy and being contenders.