Philadelphia 76ers 2016 Preview, Draft, Offseason Recap, Depth Chart, Outlook
Philadelphia 76ers 2016 Preview
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The Philadelphia 76ers have won a combined 47 games the last three seasons and are hoping to take baby steps to climbing out of the NBA cellar. It’s been a long four years for the 76ers, especially last year in which they won just 10 games.
Will this be a step in the right direction?
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Here is your 2016 Philadelphia 76ers NBA preview.
Key Player Losses: When you have as little talent as the 76ers do, I’m not sure there’s a single key loss. However, Ish Smith played a very productive 50 games for the 76ers and now finds himself in Detroit. Isaiah Canaan is now in Chicago after spending two years in Philly and shooting 36 percent from beyond the arc. Tony Wroten returns to Memphis after spending three years with the 76ers. Nothing major, but the 76ers did lose two of their five double-digit scorers from last season.
Key Player Additions: It’s hard to get decent players when you’ve won no more than 23 percent of your games the last three seasons. Still, journeyman point guard Jerryd Bayless comes over from Milwaukee after averaging 10.4 points and shooting 43.7 percent from beyond the arc last season. Shooting guard Gerald Henderson is now with his third team after spending a year in Portland and shooting 35.3 percent from deep off the bench. No major signings, but the 76ers added veteran experience and a couple guys who can chip in with the second team.
Draft: The 76ers are putting all of their eggs in the Ben Simmons basket and hoping he can become a star in due time. Other than needing to improve his outside shot, Simmons has a lot to like and is a bright basketball mind who can make his teammates better. Simmons makes the 76ers instantly improved and gives them a household name to keep fans interest. Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot is likely going to ride the bench for the foreseeable future and Furkan Korkmaz will remain in the BSL for at least one more season. The 76ers draft is all about Simmons and what he has the potential to become.
Outlook: Even with Simmons on the roster, it’s going to take time before the 76ers are no longer the laughing stock of the NBA. However, with Simmons, Jahlil Okafor, Nerlens Noel, T.J. McConnell and hopefully a healthy Joel Embiid, there are clear building blocks in Philadelphia. The 76ers should have no problem doubling last years win total and maybe even pushing for 25 wins. Baby steps, folks. Baby steps.