“The Philadelphia 76ers are most definitely a team to watch,” will be a phrase widely expected from NBA analysts not this year, but two to four years from now. This is a team with loads of young prospects and high draft picks that have yet to develop. In fact, their top-2 picks this year, Joel Embiid (3rd overall) and Dario Saric (12th overall), will not be suiting up for a single game this year. Nerlens Noel will be taking the court for the first time in his NBA career, and that will likely be the only highlight of the season for a team likely to finish dead last.
- KEY ADDITIONS: Joel Embiid (C), Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (SF), Alexey Shved
- KEY LOSSES: Thaddeus Young (PF)
My Starting Five
- Projected Win-Loss Record: 18-64
I’m scraping the bottom of the barrel trying to come up with some good things to say about the Philadelphia 76ers team this year and all I’ve got is that their jerseys are pretty good looking. Seriously, there’s not many things about this team that look good. Reports are saying they tried rather hard to trade Michael Carter-Williams on draft day, but he remains on what is one of the youngest rosters in the league. Nerlens Noel will finally get his chance after missing his entire rookie season and the younger players will get plenty of opportunities to develop. Luc Mbah a Moute and Jason Richardson are the only two players over the age of 26 on the team, so expect a lot of different starting rotations and lineups throughout the year.
This team will struggle to win 20 games in the inferior Eastern Conference. The No.3 pick Joel Embiid will miss the entire season due to injury, similar to his teammate Noel just last year. Maybe in a couple years I’ll be able to write more good things about this team as they have players overseas developing and lots of upcoming draft picks, but for now this team is just the textbook definition of bad. Here’s to years from now, Philadelphia fans.