Preview: Philadelphia 76ers

Preview: Philadelphia 76ers

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Preview: Philadelphia 76ers

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STAYING: Furkan Aldemir, Isaiah Canaan, Robert Covington, Joel Embiid, Jerami Grant, Nerlens Noel, JaKarr Sampson, Hollis Thompson and Tony Wroten.

ADDED: Richaun Holmes (Bowling Green), Pierre Jackson (Free Agent), Carl Landry (Sacramento), Jahlil Okafor (Duke), Nik Stauskas (Sacramento), Gerald Wallace (Boston) and Scottie Wilbekin (Florida).

GONE: Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (Free Agent), Glenn Robinson III (Indiana), Jason Richardson (Atlanta), Thomas Robinson (Brooklyn), Henry Sims (Free Agent) and Ishmael Smith (Free Agent).

STRENGTHS: Extremely promising frontcourt duo with Nerlens Noel, one of the best rookies last year, and Jahlil Okafor, who’s a clear candidate for ROY … Tony Wroten will be back from injury, giving Philadelphia much-needed scoring punch … Surprisingly, effort has not been a problem in the new-era Sixers … Pretty long and athletic squad that gets a lot of steals … Gerald Wallace could be a good veteran presence to have around young guys … Head coach Brett Brown does a great job with what he has, which is very little.

WEAKNESSES: In terms of overall talent, Philadelphia remains the worst team in the NBA … No stars and close to no NBA starting-caliber players on the roster … Many unproven players who will not be in the league in 2-3 years are bound to get significant time here again this season … Okafor can’t solve Philly’s offensive woes by himself … They shot an abyssal 40.8 percent from the field last year and led the NBA in turnovers … Don’t expect major improvements there … Based on Sam Hinkie‘s track record, opening-day roster will be pretty different to April’s roster … There’s very little in terms of continuity … Up to 25 different players competed for the Sixers last season … They are way too young to be competitive … Joel Embiid is likely to miss the entire year again.

PREDICTION: 5th in the Atlantic Division / 15th in the Eastern Conference.

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