The Philadelphia 76ers have perhaps the best future of any NBA team as of right now. “The Process”, coined by former General Manager Sam Hinkie, is the embodiment of Hinkie’s plan to deliberately fall to the bottom of the league to get high draft picks, and draft future superstars. This landed them the #1 pick, two straight years where they took Ben Simmons and Markelle Fultz.
Success of their recent draft picks has propelled them from a team in the bottom of the league, to a team that is competing for playoff contention and possibly a championship in the coming years. Joel Embiid is the established centerpiece of The Process. A 7’2 Center, with countless moves in the post and a very fluid game playing straight up. His success dates back to last year, when he made a colossal impact in the 32 games he played that season. Ben Simmons missed that same year, and is now averaging 17 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists per game with multiple triple-doubles in his Rookie year. The #1 Overall Pick in 2017 Markelle Fultz has been dealing with a shoulder injury that has kept him out of the lineup. In games that he has played he has struggled shooting efficiently, shooting 33% from the field and 50% at the line. It’s the impact of stars like Joel and Ben, along with the unsung heroes of the team, Dario Saric, JJ Redick and Robert Covington, that really make the difference. Dario placed 2nd in Rookie of the Year voting last year, and has proved his worth as an important part of The Process. He provides all around solid play with the ability to create his own opportunities and make 3-point shots. JJ Redick was a recent signing this past offseason, and has provided consistent shooting from midrange and from beyond the arc, which this young team has struggled heavily with as of late. Robert Covington has been with the team since 2014, and provides solid shooting from beyond the arc and excellent defense. Despite being in a slump as of late, RoCo’s is an efficient shooter, shooting 48% from the field and 42% from 3-point range.
It is clear the team needs to take time to grow and gain experience, but they have the foundation for a future dynasty in the NBA with possible franchise players along with great role players and veterans. The recent Jahlil Okafor trade has made them even better, turning a player that they didn’t even use (#freejah) and Nik Stauskas into a solid veteran player in Trevor Booker, who has performed phenomenally coming off the bench. As of right now the Sixers are fighting for playoff contention in the Eastern Conference that is much weaker than previous years, and are set for success for years to come.
To simply put it, Trust the Process.