Tha Sports Junkies 101

Philadelphia 76ers: The Process, The Build, The Payoff

Philadelphia 76ers, NBA, Ben Simmons, Joel Embid philliesfan136/ via Flickr


Philadelphia 76ers: The Process, The Build, The Payoff

For fans of the Philadelphia 76ers it has been a struggle to watch the down-trend of their team over the last few years.  The last time the 76ers made the playoffs was the 2011-2012 season in which they lost in the Conference finals to the Boston Celtics.  Since that time they have finished 9th (2012-13), 14th (2013-14), 14th (2014-15), 15th (2015-16) and currently find themselves tied for last place in the NBA with the Brooklyn Nets.

Have no fear though if you are a die-hard, never give up kind of fan of the team.  They are now looking like a team that has the potential to not only turn that trend around, but potentially be a force to be reckoned with.  The Sixers now find themselves facing a problem that many coaches would love to have.  They will be a team loaded with a plethora of young talent and will have to figure out how to make it all work.

In 2014 the Sixers drafted Joel Embiid who started his career by missing the entire 2014-15 season with a broken bone in his foot.  It was worth the wait for the team though as Embiid has come out with guns blazin in his rookie season.  He is currently the front-runner for Rookie of the Year and the Sixers are looking to him to be a key part of the Core they will build around.

The other piece of that core is the 2016 number 1 pick in the NBA draft, Ben Simmons.  Simmons who has not yet played an NBA game due to injury has all the tools to be a fantastic player for Philly.  He is out now with a broken bone in his foot and the Sixers are awaiting his début with the team. The good thing for the 76ers is that they will have something that teams can only dream of in 2017.  They will enter the draft with a strong core and will have the picks to add to it.

The 2017 Draft class looks to be one of the deeper classes the NBA has seen in a while.  With the Sixers sitting tied for last in the NBA they have a good chance to land another number 1 pick.  Luckily for them is that with the depth of this draft it wont be as important to land that first pick.  Either way they will have one of the top picks and still have a pick they received from the Lakers too.  The Lakers are projected to land at the 7th pick in the draft as of now.  This would give the Sixers the opportunity to possibly land two Top 10 picks and 2 more starters for the 2017-18 season.

Another direction these picks give the Sixers is the potential for a trade for a top free agent.  The team could draft a top prospect and then package the other pick to make a trade.  No matter what they decide to do, it looks like the 76ers are headed in the right direction.  The real challenge for the front office is figuring out how to build chemistry with this young core of players.  They already have a group of multi-tooled players to round out their bench with Dario Saric, Robert Covington, Nick Staukas and Jerryd Bayless.  If they can bring on two more young starters they could find themselves climbing the ladder to being a contender in the next few years.


Some of the top 2017 Prospects are:

Josh Jackson-6’8″ SF- Kansas

Lonzo Ball-6’6″ PG- UCLA

Markelle Fultz-6’4″ PG- Washington

Jayson Tatum-6’8″ SF- Duke

Harry Giles III-6’10” PF- Duke

De’Aron Fox-6’3″ PG- Kentucky

Frank Ntilikina-6’5″ PG- International player

OG Anunoby-6’8″ SF- Indiana

Johnathan Isaac-6’10” SF- Florida State

Miles Bridges-6’7″ SF- Michigan State

Dennis Smith Jr.-6’3″ PG- NC State

Malik Monk-6’3″ SG- Kentucky


No matter what direction the Philadelphia 76ers decide to go, they are without a doubt looking like a team that is nearing the payoff.  Until then the 76ers fans can continue to dream of what they and many others believe is a great team coming their way.


Shop for exclusive RUN DMC "RUN CTY" NBA Fan Gear at