The Streak Continues:
The Philadelphia 76ers have won 13 straight games. After being the laughing stock in the NBA for the last several years, they’re finally going to the playoffs. But the real question is whether or not this young team can make a run when they get there. This 13-game win streak has provided us with a glimpse into the future. It’s clear that the Sixers are going to be a dangerous team for years to come. But does that equate to playoff success in the first full year with this team complete?
The Sixers are 49-30 and 0.5 games ahead of the Cleveland Cavaliers for the third seed in the Eastern Conference. It’s a major improvement from last season, and even more, the season before when they were the worst team in the league. Philadelphia finishes the season with games against the Dallas Mavericks, Atlanta Hawks, and Milwaukee Bucks. It’s likely that they’ll win 50+ games. The organization hasn’t won 50 games since 2001 when they lost in the NBA Finals that year.
Over the last three years prior to 2017-18, the Sixers have combined (!) for 56 wins. And they’re only going to get better. Joel Embiid is just 24-years-old and he averages 22.9 points and 11.0 rebounds per game. Ben Simmons is the probable Rookie of the Year. He puts up 15.8 points, 8.1 rebounds, and 8.1 assists. Oh yeah, and they have the most recent No. 1 pick who is now healthy and put up 10 points and eight assists in his first game back. This team is going to be legitimate.
Philadelphia is 28-11 at home this year and will be difficult to take down on their home floor come playoff time. Despite having such a young core, the Sixers will compete with anybody in the entire league. Now that they’ve moved up to the three seed, it’s likely they’ll face either the Miami Heat, Milwaukee Bucks, or Washington Wizards. The 76ers aren’t going anywhere and the upcoming playoffs are just going to be a prelude for them.
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