Philadelphia 76ers: Joel Embiid Can Lead Sixers to a Title
The NBA playoffs are on the way. The Eastern Conference is very intriguing, specifically the Philadelphia 76ers lead by Joel Embiid.
Clearly in Year 1 with Doc Rivers coaching the team, Philly looks like they can compete against the NBA’s other great teams.
Philly isn’t perfect, but they have the ability to go far in the postseason.
Let’s look at why Philly can win it all this season.
Joel Embiid has been playing like an MVP this season.
The All-Star center is averaging 30 PPG and 11 RPG for the 76ers.
Ben Simmons is posting roughly 15 PPG, 7 RPG, and 7 APG during a relatively quiet season for the Sixers.
If Embiid and Simmons continue to play well, it helps the Philly role players.
There’s no doubt that NBA teams need stars to win championships.
Philly is playing with a different energy this year and they’ll be fun to watch in the postseason.
Embiid is shooting a career-high in three-point percentage. The giant is shooting 37.5% from downtown.
Philly has the luxury of giving George Hill, Dwight Howard, Danny Green, and other role players some time on the court.
Tobias Harris is posting about 20 PPG and Shake Milton has over 13 PPG.
Furkan Korkmaz is shooting 38% from three-point land.
During the 2020-21 campaign, the Sixers have beaten some playoff teams, including the Los Angeles Clippers, New York Knicks, Miami Heat, Boston Celtics, and Los Angeles Lakers.
Philly is dealing with a four-game losing streak and will need to get back on track tomorrow night when they host Oklahoma City.
The Sixers will also host the Atlanta Hawks two games in a row this week before taking a trip to San Antonio.
Philly will visit Chicago, Houston, and then host New Orleans and Detroit.
The 76ers will also go on the road to Indiana and Miami. The Sixers will wrap up the year at home versus Orlando for two straight games.
Conference Up for Grabs?
The Sixers need to stay healthy, especially if they have to face Brooklyn or Milwaukee in the playoffs.
Meanwhile, Milwaukee doesn’t have the high-end talent that Brooklyn has.
Yes, Giannis Antetokounmpo has won the MVP two years in a row, but the Bucks don’t have a James Harden or a Steph Curry type of player to support the Greek Freak.
If the Nets aren’t clicking with their Big 3 or if Durant/Harden misses time in the playoffs, then that could swing open the door for the Sixers to advance to the NBA Finals.
If Philly makes it that far, they could beat anyone that comes out of the Western Conference.
The Lakers and Clippers don’t seem like title winners this season. Neither do the Denver Nuggets who are currently without guard Jamal Murray.
The 24-year-old suffered a torn ACL a few weeks ago.
How far do you believe the Sixers will go this postseason? Leave a comment below.