The Philadelphia 76ers, one of the most interesting basketball franchises in the past couple years. Mostly known for ‘tanking’ or losing on purpose to gain top 5 lottery draft picks. But, what is the process? You may hear people chanting this during 76ers game this season. Did they finally get the superstar they needed in order to start winning? Us fans certainly hope so, because we are tired of losing so much!
It all started around 2013, when they began to ship their players out for draft picks. The first one to go was Andre Igoudala, who is not a NBA champion. He was the ‘face’ of the franchise, but never got us deep into the playoffs. So, they got rid of him, Jrue Holiday, Michael Carter-Williams, and other young players. Their goal: To get the #1 draft pick in the NBA draft. Team owner at the time, Sam Hinkie, was so set on this plan, and decided to take 3 years of less then 20wins a season to finally understand, this is not working. So, he was fired.
In 2014, Joel Embiid, the big man from Kentucky was in the top 3 of the draft picks. Unfortunately, he hurt his ankle prior to the NBA draft, which allowed the 76ers to pick him up at the #3 spot. We wouldn’t see him until the start of the season, but boy is he good. After setbacks, he finally was active in the beginning of the 2016-2017 NBA season, and us fans were ready to see what he could do. We had just gotten the #1 overall pick, Ben Simmons, who looks like he is going to be a star. BUT HE GOT HURT TOO!!! The curse lives on in Philly, with our draft picks. But, don’t fret, the 76ers are on the right track. With young players like Nerlens Noel, Jahlil Okafor, Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, Dario Saric and others, they just need a couple veterans to complete the team. This season, we have seen a new 76ers, with a new, winning attitude. Mainly, because of this guy, Joel Embiid, aka THE PROCESS. He has been getting buzz all over the NBA from different players, and teams, and coaches. He has won Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month 2 times, and also Eastern Player of the week. Just imagine, what the Sixers are going to look like when we have a full, healthy team.
For the first time since 2012, the 76ers have won 3 games in a row, and are winner of the last 8 out of 10. They are currently 17-28, but are on track to more games then the last 3 seasons combined. Don’t worry Philly fans, our good times are coming in basketball! And to anyone who stuck around, to watch “THE PROCESS” happen, kudos to you. Ive been a fan my whole life, and even supported this team at its lows, because I know, we will win again. So, hold on tight Philadelphia Fans! THE PROCESS IS HERE, and READY TO WIN. Atleast we home grow our players, instead of buying them with 100 million dollar contracts.
I’m ready to see what the rest of the season has in store, and to watch The Process develop into a lethal playmaker who can hopefully lead us to the promise land!