Philadelphia 76ers: What Should the Team Do Next?

The Philadelphia 76ers are in unwanted territory right now. They were swept away against the Boston Celtics after they lost Game 4 against the Boston Celtics by a score of 110-106.

There are a lot of questions this basketball team is going to have to answer moving forward. Will they fire Brett Brown? That is one of the possibilities because Josh Richardson, one of his players, thinks that he should have more accountability on his players.

Trade a Star?

Another question is, will Joel Embiid or Ben Simmons get traded? Al Horford, Tobias Harris, and Josh Richardson also have decently sized contracts and I could see them getting rid of two players.

Embiid is the heart and soul of this basketball team. If he is traded in the offseason, he will be missed big time though.

Ben Simmons may be traded as well, but people feel like he would be the better fit long term because he can pass it out to shooters.

Another option could be to keep everyone around for one more season and see if people like Marc Jackson or Tyronn Lue could be hired as a head coach for the Philadelphia 76ers and see if their potential could be get maximized. If that doesn’t happen, then you must trade either Simmons or Embiid.

General manager Elton Brand should be shown the door as well. He failed to keep players like Jimmy Butler, JJ Reddick, and Boban Marjanovic from last season.

Tough Break

Philadelphia was much better last season and they were a few bounces away from potentially being in the NBA Finals and maybe winning it all as well though.

The 76ers lost to the Toronto Raptors in seven games that season on a Kawhi Leonard buzzer-beater though. Philadelphia could have very well defeated the Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference Finals. And then maybe they could have defeated a depleted Golden State Warriors team in the NBA Finals too.

The Philadelphia 76ers don’t have a very deep bench either. They also need to find the right role players on this basketball team though. Shake Milton, Matisse Thybulle, Alec Burks, and Furkan Korkmaz isn’t going to cut it as role players.

Philadelphia has also drafted players like Markelle Fultz, Jahlil Okafor, Nerlens Noel, Zhaire Smith, Mikhail Bridges, and others and they have traded them away.

Trust the Process

In 2017, the 76ers traded up for the number one pick in the NBA Draft with the Boston Celtics. Fultz was taken number one out of the University of Washington.

The Boston Celtics selected Jayson Tatum with the third overall pick out of Duke University. Tatum has torched them over the past few seasons and management deep down is regretting it right now though.

Fultz was traded to the Orlando Magic during the season and Markelle Fultz has revived his career with Orlando though.

This basketball team needs to find the right cohesion and unit of players in order to win a championship.

The last time they were in the NBA Finals was in 2001 against the Los Angeles Lakers in the days of Allen Iverson and Kobe “Bean” Bryant. Los Angeles won that series over Philadelphia in five games.

The last time the 76ers won it all was in 1982-1983 against the Los Angeles Lakers as well in a clean sweep, in the days of Julius Erving (Dr. J) and Moses Malone though.

Philadelphia has a lot of cleaning up to do and soul searching this offseason though. They are not at the level of the Milwaukee Bucks, the Toronto Raptors, or the Boston Celtics. The Philadelphia 76ers may not even be at the level of the Miami Heat right now either. The Brooklyn Nets will be so much better next season when Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant return to the court healthy though.

What moves do you think the Philadelphia 76ers need to make this offseason? Leave a comment below.

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