With 20 wins and counting at the All-Star break. The Philadelphia 76ers have already doubled their 10-win total from the 2015-2016. With this being said, the 20-34 76ers still have alot of work to do, but seriously, they are trusting the so called “process.”
Brett Brown & co. were under much fire after last season’s “tank” of 10-72. With the first pick in the 2016 draft, the 76ers picked a highly sought after forward from LSU named Ben Simmons. While Simmons has yet to suit up for the 76ers this season, the guys who came before him have begun the process.
Now at 22-years old, in his third season, the sixers 3rd pick of the 2014 draft, Joel Embiid, has really begun to find his way in Philly. After not playing in his first two full seasons, Embiid was ready to take this season by storm, and while his recent dance performance has injured him for the near future, the 7-foot Kansas product is averaging 20.2 points per game so far this season to go along with 7.8 rebounds and 2 1/2 blocks. With his ability to do it all, he has earned himself the nickname “The Process.”
The biggest off season addition for the 76ers has proven to be 8-year veteran Power Forward Ersan Ilyasova, who is averaging just under 15 points per game to go along with 6 rebounds. With a fairly loaded front court, including guys like Noel, Okafor, Embiid, Ilysova, the 76ers have used their defensive prowess inside as well as their rebounding efforts in order to keep opposing teams off the scoreboard.
With a fairly loaded front court, the sixers also have a handful of guards who are truly helping them get over the hump so far this season. Arizona product T.J. McConnell has been the guy stepping up this season for the 76ers as many games so far has been decided by a shot he has taken. While he isn’t truly a stat-stuffer, averaging 6 points and 6 assists per game, his quickness and toughness running the point has helped spread the floor for the 76ers this season.His ability to work it inside to guys, as well as his three-point shooting ability, McConnell has surprised many people in Philly so far this season with different pieces of his game that he is able to bring to the court on a nightly basis.
While it does seem at this point, with the trade deadline quickly approaching, 2nd year center Jahlil Okafor is going to be on the move from the 76ers. According to CBSSports.com, there are about five teams in the mix, with the Chicago Bulls (Okafors’ hometown) and the Portland Trail Blazers seemingly in the front of the pack for becoming Okafor’s newest home. With this being the case, the 76ers are hoping they are able to get something big out of this trade for the future.
As the saying goes, “Trust the Process.” With a seemingly non win-now strategy, the 76ers are hoping all they have done in the past two-three seasons and even in the present can help them become playoff contenders in the new few seasons.