Philadelphia 76ers: A Sneak Peak Into Training Camp

The Toronto Raptors knocked the Philadelphia 76ers out of the playoffs in the second round last season in heartbreaking fashion. After Jimmy Butler tied the game at 90 in Game 7 on the road, Kawhi Leonard took a shot in the right corner after a timeout and the ball doinked into the basket and Philadelphia lost that game 92-90.

There is a belief inside the locker room that if the 76ers won that game, they were going to win the east last season. I totally believe that because I thought Philadelphia would have beaten the Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference Finals. The Philadelphia 76ers now need to prove themselves this season and bounce back.

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Philadelphia took down the Brooklyn Nets in five games in the first round of the playoffs last season.

It will be championship or bust this season for this franchise. Head Coach Brett Brown will be under a ton of pressure to get it done this season. This team has a ton of talent on the roster.

The east will not be as strong this season. The Toronto Raptors do not have Kawhi Leonard anymore. He decided to sign with the Los Angeles Clippers in the offseason. Toronto will still be a playoff team. However, they won’t be as big of a threat in the east.

The Milwaukee Bucks might be the best team in the East again this season. The Philadelphia 76ers might be the second-best team in the east.

The Boston Celtics, the Brooklyn Nets, and the Indiana Pacers will also be very good again this season in the east. All of those teams will have different faces on the roster.

The projected starting lineup this season for Philadelphia will be (C) Joel Embiid, (PF) Al Horford, (SF) Tobias Harris, (SG) Josh Richardson, and (PG) Ben Simmons.

Key players off the bench will be: (F) Jonah Bolden, (G) Trey Burke, (F) James Ennis III, (G/F) Furkan Korkmaz, (F) Mike Scott, (C) Kyle O’Quinn, (G) Raul Neto, and (G) Zhaire Smith.

This is a deeper bench than I originally thought. They could maybe make a move later in the season to acquire another shooter if the 76ers struggle to score the basketball.

Philadelphia made a sign-and-trade in the offseason. Jimmy Butler went to the Miami Heat for Josh Richardson. Butler was acquired in a trade last season. He played with the Minnesota Timberwolves before coming to the Philadelphia 76ers.

J.J. Reddick also signed with the New Orleans Pelicans in the offseason.

The Sixers also acquired Tobias Harris in a trade last season near the trade deadline. Harris came from the Los Angeles Clippers. Tobias Harris signed a five-year max deal worth $180 million in the offseason.

It will be interesting to see how fast Philadelphia gets out of the gate. Ben Simmons has been working on his jump shot in the offseason and they hope it transitions into games. If Simmons uses it effectively, he might be impossible to stop.

Joel Embiid is also one of the best players in the game, especially when his back is turned to the basket. I thought he was an MVP caliber player last season.

The 76ers have not yet announced a date for training camp. Philadelphia will begin preseason play on Tuesday, October 8 against a team from another country. Also, their first preseason game against an NBA team will be against the Charlotte Hornets on the road on Friday, October 11.

Finally, the Philadelphia 76ers will begin the regular season at home against the Boston Celtics on Wednesday, October 23.

How do you see the 2019 Philadelphia 76ers? Leave a comment below.

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