The NBA season is right around the corner. That means it’s time to take a closer look at each individual NBA team and predict how they will do this season. So strap in….it’s the ULTIMATE SPORTS BLOG’S 2016-17 NBA PREVIEW!!!!
Record Last 10 Seasons: 10-72 (2016), 18-64 (2015), 19-63 (2014), 34-48 (2013), 35-31 (2012), 41-41 (2011), 27-55 (2010), 41-41 (2009), 40-42 (2008), 35-47 (2007)
Last Playoff Series Appearance: 2012 Conference Semifinals vs. Boston Celtics
Last Playoff Series Win: 2012 First-Round vs. Chicago Bulls
Last NBA Finals Appearance: 2001 vs. Los Angeles Lakers
NBA Championships Won: 3
Overall Record: 47-199
Record With Team: 47-199
Playoff Record: 0-0
PG: Jerryd Bayless (10.4 PPG, 3.1 APG, 2.7 RPG, 12.43 PER)
SG: Gerald Henderson (8.7 PPG, 1.0 APG, 2.9 RPG, 12.97 PER)
SF: Robert Covington (12.8 PPG, 1.4 APG,. 6.3 RPG, 13.24 PER)
PF: Ben Simmons (ROOKIE)
C: Nerlens Noel (11.1 PPG, 8.1 RPG, 1.5 BPG, 16.28 PER)
Jalil Okafor (C), Joel Embiid (C), Dario Saric (PF), Jerami Grant (SF), Timothe Luwawu (SG), Sergio Rodriguez (PG), Nik Stauskas (SG), Shawn Long (PF), T.J. McConnell (PG), Richaun Holmes (C)
Team Leaders (last season):
Points Per Game: Jahlil Okafor (17.5)
Rebounds Per Game: Nerlens Noel (8.1)
Steals Per Game: Nerlens Noel (1.8)
Assists Per Game: Ish Smith (7.0)
Blocks Per Game: Jerami Grant (1.6)
Turnovers Per Game: Ish Smith (2.6)
Perhaps no other NBA team has a collection of young talent quite like the Philadelphia 76ers do. After years of “trusting the process” and sucking at basketball so the team can land some “NBA Superstars” via the NBA Draft….it’s time for these guys to see some results on the basketball court. The 76ers finally got their wish and landed the #1 overall pick Ben Simmons in the NBA Draft and he’s going to have to wear the burden of being anointed the “savior of the 76ers” before he even steps on the NBA court for the first time. While a lot of people seem split on Simmons’ NBA future, there are a lot of NBA experts who believe this kid is the real deal. If he can stay healthy (which is a big question), there’s a chance he could become one of the most explosive players in the league. Philly is going to need him to become exactly that if this franchise wants to see some post-season action anytime soon.
The rest of the roster is a mixed bag. Nerlens Noel, Joel Embiid, Jahlil Okafor, and Dario Saric are all young players who may find a hard time fitting in with this roster. The Noel/Okafor/Embiid logjam at the center position is a nice problem to have, but the 76ers are likely going to have to trade one of those guys eventually or things could get ugly. Who’s the odd man out in that threesome? I’m thinking it’s Okafor myself. It wouldn’t surprise me to see the Sixers try and move him for a guard, which is where the team is really lacking in talent. Jerryd Bayless and Gerald Henderson are decent players, but they aren’t NBA starter worthy at this point in their careers. Philly could use upgrades at both of those positions immediately.
So, what should we expect from this team this season? Not a whole lot if you ask me. I think they will improve from last season’s record, but a 10-win season isn’t that hard to improve upon honestly. Philly is going to be a fun team to watch play basketball this season though for numerous reasons. Like I said earlier, I love their collection of young talent and feel like they are just a few pieces away from making this thing into a contender again. Enjoy this season though Philly fans. It’s going to be a bumpy ride.