The start of a new season means we are closer to a potential Philadelphia 76ers championship. Last year definitely ended in heartbreak. Nobody expected Kawhi Leonard to hit a shot for the ages and crush Philly’s hopes and dreams.
Those days are over with, Leonard moved to the Western Conference and the east is now up for grabs. Although the Brooklyn Nets could potentially become a powerhouse in the East.
For now, Kevin Durant is still rehabbing his most recent injury while Philly’s stars remained unscathed.
There will be a battle in the East this year but this time we can expect Philly to put up a better challenge. The Toronto Raptors are a bust without Kawhi and the Nets aren’t going anywhere without KD.
The East is up for grabs and Philly definitely has the roster to end up in the Finals. A new season means new players and a new drive, something that was definitely missing at times last year.
Nobody wants to see the Kawhi shot again, so we’ll save that one. Instead, enjoy a terrible pass from Joel Embiid that we will hopefully never see again in the playoffs:
Will there be a new Ben Simmons for the new season?
Last year we saw an incredible stat line for Simmons. He put up a ridiculous 8.8 rebounds and nearly 17 points a game.
Not many point guards do that kind of work, especially adding 7.7 assists a game. We are talking about a guard not named Russell Westbrook who has the ability to average a triple-double every game.
Unfortunately, Simmons does not possess a jumper or at least the confidence to take multiple jump shots a game. This hardly improved in year two, we still saw him hesitate on every opportunity he had.
The man has never been a great shooter but even players like Andre Roberson still take a shot when they have it wide open.
If Philly is going to make the leap next season, he absolutely has to take some jump shots. His free throw isn’t even that bad so why is he afraid to shoot?
Losing Jimmy Butler in free agency is actually a plus for Simmons’s game. He won’t have the ability to kick out to Butler on the drive which will force him to put up some shots.
The addition of Al Horford will clog the lane which could cause problems for the team. Having both Horford and Embiid in the paint means that Simmons won’t have the freedom to penetrate the lane unscathed.
New additions to the team will hopefully force the LSU product to confront his worst fears and start shooting the ball.
It’s nice to see Simmons practicing his jumper in the offseason:
All hail Al Horford!
The biggest news of the summer hit when Horford signed a $109 million dollar contract for four years. This is huge because a lot of fans didn’t see any reason to part with Butler.
One of the biggest concerns last season was dealing with replacing Embiid during games. Whenever he came out the offense was sluggish, and definitely missing its centerpiece.
With Horford in the lineup, Embiid can rest more throughout the game and focus on his strengths. Horford brings immense basketball IQ to the team. He’s also been a leader in the locker room for most of his time in the league.
His rebounding, inside scoring, and all-out defense makes him the perfect addition to a team that lacks an inside presence at times. Embiid has gotten a lot better at shooting and he spent even more possessions last year outside the paint.
This is perfect for Horford because his game has always been close to the hoop so he will get a lot of the offense rebounds the tea, didn’t capitalize on last year.
Don’t forget the additions of Josh Richardson or Trey Burke either.
This year might finally be the one that shows the entire NBA just what the ‘process’ means to Sixer fans. How’s that for a new season and a new look for your Philadelphia 76ers.
All stats via basketball-reference.com
Featured Image: Keith Allison via commons.wikimedia.org
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