The Philadelphia 76ers are gone from the NBA Playoffs after they got swept by the superior Boston Celtics.
It was actually much closer a season ago but it became not much of a contest right now. GM Elton Brand has come out and said he is not looking to trade Ben Simmons or Joel Embiid. These two are not really much of a scoring duo. Ben does not have a jump shot so opponents just let him shoot while Joel is pretty inconsistent with his production. They do have a 3 and D small forward in Tobias Harris who is signed for several more years. One could argue how they traded Markelle Fultz for visually nothing. They could have gotten more for the former number one overall pick even though he is considered a bust right now given his playing time and size. He could not really produce as much as a number one pick is expected to do. A lot of people say Joel Embiid must be traded but you can’t really trade someone that tall and expect to get equal value.
It is a good thing Elton Brand has shown he has the makings of a good GM but when you perform below expectations, it may not be long before your boss would put a lot of pressure on you to make some moves.
t was odd how they let Boban walk for nothing so he signed with the Dallas Mavericks. He is actually Tobias’ best friend so that would have motivated him but it is professional basketball and everyone knows that it is a business.
The Philadelphia 76ers were actually one game away from getting to the Finals last year until Kawhi Leonard sank a game winning shot that took them out of the playoffs.
He even had 6 10 Ben Simmons guarding him and it is not easy to shoot over him. Now, Kawhi is back in the West and the East got wide open but they were not able to take full advantage of that. Now, they need to add another big alongside Joel Embiid. It seems as if Al Horford’s days with the 76ers are numbered after that big contract they handed to him. As expected, he did not perform up to expectations when he signed with them the last offseason.
A lot of basketball experts say that it is not a good fit at all and we saw all of his stats go down.
He can’t really do any pick and pop with Ben Simmons all the time as it would be a bait to let other teams let him shot the three-ball. After they fired coach Brett Brown, the search for a new head coach begins and there are a lot of good candidates out there including Tyronn Lue and Mike D Antoni since his contract will expire with the Rockets this season. It will be only a matter of time before we find out what their plans are and it will be interesting.