What’s up everyone? It’s been a long time but Tebows World is back, because the Sixers are back. I was reading back on my last posts from years ago, and it was refreshing to see how supportive I was of Mr. Sam Hinkie from the beginning, and also how sad it was that I believed a lineup of Lebron, Michael Carter-Williams, Nerlens Noel, Thad Young and Jabari Parker were a legit contender. Boy how times have changed. I wrote an entire article on why Lebron should leave the Heat and join the sixers, which you could’ve taken that article, changed a few players names and the date on the article and it would have fit perfectly as a blog from this past offseason when they had somewhat of a change of landing Bron. Enough of the trip down memory lane though, and let’s focus on the team on the court now, which still wouldn’t have been possible without Lord Hinkie himself.
Clearly, the duo of Embiid and Simmons wasn’t enough to translate to deep playoff success, as they couldn’t beat the Maine Red Claws in the 2nd round. Granted, Embiid and Simmons are both not even close to their prime years, Elton Brand wisely set his sights on improving the star power on this team and added Jimmy Butler and most recently Tobias Harris. I don’t care what anybody says, the Sixers have by far the most talented starting 5 in the East. As history shows us, benches do not win championships in the NBA, stars do, and this level of star hunting is what should make Sixers fans excited. I saw the Harris addition as a clear hedge against Jimmy Butler leaving. Without looking to far into the future, this season the East is as wide open as it’s ever been. The Bucks lead the conference, but let’s not forget what Mike Budenholzer is best known for, and that is coaching great regular season teams who usually aren’t as good as their record suggests. The Raptors are solid, but after Kawhii there is an aging Kyle Lowry and a bunch of role players. I don’t even want to mention the Celtics because they clearly haven’t figured it out and I’m not sure there’s enough time or urgency to do so. Kyrie looks like he has one foot out the door, Tatum is being told by Ainge through his lust for Anthony Davis that he’s basically out the door as well, so it seems like the entire team is just on auto pilot since the All Star break.
We are in the final stretch of the regular season now, which should shed a little more light on what we can expect in the playoffs. Will the Sixers new starting 5 really gel together and figure it out defensively? Will Budenholzer finally figure out how to coach a playoff team? Will the Raptors be able to get over the hump with LeBron out of the picture? Will Danny Ainge and Brad Stevens realize that Yabu and Timelord are the real prospects they should be building around? Time will tell.