2016-2017 season recap: 28-54, 14th in the Eastern Conference
Key offseason acquisitions: G Markelle Fultz, G J.J. Redick, F Amir Johnson
Key offseason loses: F Thiago Splitter, G Sergio Rodriguez, F Alex Poythress
2017-2018 projected starting lineup: Markelle Fultz, J.J. Redick, Robert Covington, Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid
2017-2018 season outlook: The Philadelphia 76ers were an interesting team to watch over the offseason. From making a deal to draft up from the third pick to the first pick to signing experienced veterans such as Amir Johnson and J.J. Redick, the 76ers have seemingly done it all this offseason. Ultimately, they are entering the upcoming season as one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference. Many fans hope that the new additions the team picked up will help bring winning basketball back to the city of brotherly love.
— Keith Pompey (@PompeyOnSixers) September 30, 2017
Despite the rough patches the team has run into recently from injuries, the Sixers are looking to bounce back in the 2017-2018 season. The organization seems to be doing everything they can to provide pieces to play around 7-footer Joel Embiid. Though Embiid has barley played any games for the Sixers since being drafted 3rd overall in 2014, look for him to stay healthy this season and score at a proficient rate. Embiid will likely silence critics and breakout over the 2017-2018 season.
Other key players for the Sixers will be Ben Simmons and Markelle Fultz. Simmons was sidelined for the 2016-2017 season and seems to be ready for a healthy season this year. Combined with the promising first overall pick in the 2017 draft, Markelle Fultz, the team should be high-flying in a comparatively weak Eastern Conference. Fultz brings youth and immense raw talent to the table along with capable athleticism.
Ben Simmons on Joel Embiid and Jahlil Okafor: “ It’s going to be scary when they both get out there.”
— Keith Pompey (@PompeyOnSixers) September 29, 2017
If all of the Sixers acquisitions stay healthy throughout the year, the team will have a chance to make a playoff run. Reaching the playoffs would be quite the accomplishment for the team, as they been strategically building over the last few years and famously “trusting the process.” Overall, expect the 76ers to be very successful in the 2017-2018 season. With reliable pieces surrounding key players, it seems as it is time for basketball to rise in the city of brotherly love once again.
The NBA season needs to start so I can go to some Sixers games
— Ian Wyatt (@Enable) September 30, 2017
Projected strengths: young talent, outside shooting, inside shooting, defensive effort
Projected weaknesses: health, youth
Projected record: 37-45