76ers vs Thunder Preview

The Philadelphia 76ers will be taking on the Oklahoma City Thunder tonight at 7:00 PM EST! This is a very important game for the 76ers; they’re on a 4-game skid, and this is a perfect time for them to turn it around before the end of the season. There’s also a chance they get some key reinforcements back!

Philadelphia 76ers

Philadelphia has blown their last 4 games to the Warriors, Suns, and Bucks (twice). However, injuries have played a major role in their — quite frankly, pathetic — losing streak. As a result of the losing streak, Sixers currently hold the 2nd seed in the Eastern Conference. It shouldn’t be a tough turnaround, though, as Philly has the easiest remaining schedule in the NBA, according to ESPN, while the Brooklyn Nets (who currently hold the 1st seed), have to play the Bucks (twice), Nuggets, and Mavericks.

PHI Injury Report:

  • Joel Embiid – QUESTIONABLE
  • Ben Simmons – QUESTIONABLE
  • Danny Green – QUESTIONABLE
  • Tobias Harris – QUESTIONABLE
  • Furkan Korkmaz – QUESTIONABLE
  • Paul Reed – QUESTIONABLE

Oklahoma City Thunder

Oklahoma City has been absolutely atrocious this season; they sit near the bottom of the Western Conference (13th seed; 20-40), and are in the midst of a 13-game losing streak. However, this is the youngest team in the NBA and one that is, thus, rebuilding. Thunder have also dealt with several injuries, and that doesn’t change tonight.

OKC Injury Report:

  • Shai Gilgeous-Alexander – OUT
  • Luguentz Dort – OUT
  • Josh Hail – OUT
  • Mike Muscala – OUT
  • Gabriel Deck – OUT
  • Tony Bradley – QUESTIONABLE

A loss tonight would be absolutely embarrassing. Whether or not we are missing 2 guys on the injury report or all of them, we’d have to try to lose this game.

Important Information for Tonight’s Game:

  • Against? – Oklahoma City Thunder
  • When? – 7:00 PM EST
  • Where? – Wells Fargo Center
  • TV? – NBCSP

76ers vs Bucks: Primetime Matchup Preview

The Philadelphia 76ers and Milwaukee Bucks will be facing each other for the 2nd time this season in a primetime matchup! The last time these clubs matched up, Philly was without the presence of MVP candidate, Joel Embiid. Despite the disadvantage, the Sixers put up a respectable fight, not giving the Bucks any breathing room up to the final buzzer.

Philadelphia 76ers

The 76ers are coming off a loss to the Phoenix Suns just last night. They were missing 3 starters, including DPOY candidate, Ben Simmons, All-Star caliber player, Tobias Harris and sharpshooter, Seth Curry. Though this game will go in the losing column for Philly, the short handed squad showed tremendous fight. Phoenix was never able to get comfortable. Joel Embiid had a dominant performance, scoring, (38 points), and doing the dirty work, (17 boards), as he continued his MVP campaign. Though the 76ers lost, Philadelphia still holds the No. 1 seed with Brooklyn close behind, (0.5 games back).

PHI Injury Report:

  • Ben Simmons – OUT (illness)
  • Tobias Harris – AVAILABLE (right knee soreness)
  • Seth Curry – AVAILABLE (left hip flexor)

Milwaukee Bucks

The Suns seem to be giving every Eastern Conference contender trouble, beating the Bucks on Monday. Khris Middleton had just hit a game-tying 3-pointer with approximately 22 seconds left in regulation. Moments after, Devin Booker was fouled by PJ Tucker on a controversial call that resulted in game-winning free throws for the 2x All-Star. Giannis Antetokounmpo left the game in overtime with a leg cramp. Milwaukee is currently on a 2-game losing streak and 3.5 games back from 1st place in the Eastern Conference.

MIL Injury Report

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo – PROBABLE (leg cramp)

Along with being an important exhibition matchup for both parties, this is also a potential playoff series preview. Hopefully the Sixers are healthy and can come out with the W!

Kyle Lowry Mock Trades

Many executives think it’s time for the Raptors to move on from Kyle Lowry, and the Raptors are reportedly open to doing so. Several teams are supposedly interested in the 34 year-old guard, including the Philadelphia 76ers, Los Angeles Clippers, and Miami Heat, Sixers and Clippers being the favorites.

Lowry could boost Philly’s chances of coming out of the East and potentially winning a title. Why? He’d provide instantaneous production alongside Ben Simmons, Tobias Harris, and Joel Embiid. Lowry is still playing at an All-Star level, averaging 17 points, 6.7 assists, and 5.7 rebounds per game. It would just add another option for Philly to rely upon when others aren’t working, and Lowry is a court-general. As of now, Simmons is playing that role, but with Lowry, it would allow Ben Simmons to be more aggressive. Acquiring Lowry would add yet another closer to the Sixers, on top of Joel Embiid and Tobias Harris. It would allow Doc to be more creative with his game planning. The best part? Lowry has just 1 year left on his contract, so Philly doesn’t have to keep paying him. It also shouldn’t be too expensive to trade for Kyle. With that, let’s look into some mock trades.

Mock Trade #1 | TOR: Danny Green, Mike Scott, Terrance Ferguson, Vincent Poirier, 1st round pick | PHI: Kyle Lowry

In this trade, Philly would be giving up Green, Scott, Ferguson, and Poirier, Green being the only rotational player. In return, they’d get back Kyle Lowry. Toronto may not be getting back the value they’re giving, which means Sixers would HAVE TO throw in a first round pick to spice up the deal. Ferguson may turn out to be a good depth piece for the Raptors as a young 3&D player.

Mock Trade #2 | TOR: Danny Green, Mike Scott, Tony Bradley, Furkan Korkmaz, Vincent Poirier | PHI: Kyle Lowry, Patrick McCaw

This trade has more parts than the previous one. Toronto would again be receiving Danny Green, Mike Scott, and Vincent Poirier, but this time the trade would also include Furkan Korkmaz and Tony Bradley. Philadelphia would receive Kyle Lowry, and this time, Patrick McCaw. Raptors may have to throw in another player, but according to ESPN’s Trade Machine, this trade is valid. I feel that this trade is a win-win for both teams. Philly would be receiving Kyle Lowry and gain some extra depth with Patrick McCaw. Toronto would be getting a familiar face in Danny Green & Furkan Korkmaz, two rotational players for them. Raps would also be gaining front-court depth with Tony Bradley, something that seems to be a need for them.

Mock Trade #3 | TOR: Danny Green (76ers), Lou Williams (Clippers), Patrick Patterson (Clippers), Terance Mann (Clippers), Mfiondu Kabengele (Clippers) | LA: Kyle Lowry (Raptors), Furkan Korkmaz (76ers) | PHI: Marcus Morris Sr. (Clippers), Luke Kenner’s (Clippers)

Last one is a three-team trade! The Sixers aren’t receiving Kyle Lowry in this one, but the other favorites in the Clippers will be. There are a lot of moving pieces in this one. Let’s start with the Clippers. They’d be getting Kyle Lowry whom they’ve expressed interest in, and some backcourt depth to make the loss of Mann and Williams easier. For the Raptors, they’re getting a large haul. Danny Green from the Sixers who’s on a 1-year deal, Lou Williams from the Clips who’s on a 1-year deal, Patrick Patterson who’s on a 1-year deal, and then Kabangele and Mann, both of them being on 3-year deals. Finally, the Sixers get Marcus Morris Sr. and Luke Kennard. All teams seem to be getting what they want here, but the Clippers have to give up a significant amount of players. However, Mann and Williams are the only ones getting minutes. Overall, I think this trade benefits most teams in the long run.

Thanks for reading!

6ers keep on rolling after back to back sweep of Celtics

We’re so used to understanding the 76ers. At least in the last recent years, a team loaded with talent overpaying extensively for contracts a coach in Brett brown who many believe didn’t have the slightest clue how to coach his team. Now just 16 games into the season the team holds an 11-5 record and the top seed in the Eastern Conference lead on the court by Joel Embid who on paper is having his best career start so far. Not only is Embid off to a thunderous start Tobias Harris and Seth curry have been lightning it up particularly from deep range as Harris notched 23 in The 6ers last win and Curry tallied 15. The team shot 55% in their second of two against Boston. It’s rather early in the season to plan playoff parties, especially when talking about the 76ers. But these 76ers seem like the chemistry and on-court consistency/direction the team desperately lacked the last few seasons may have turned a corner. The team core has a few seasons together that being Embid and Simmons but the team also is doing their best to transition their new signings, dealing with an injured roster earlier this year and safety protocol distractions. And of course who could forget New coach Doc Rivers whose resume is well respected as one of the best coaches in the league. The 76ers will make their way to Detroit Saturday night to take on a struggling Pistons team(3-12) as the 76ers will look for their third consecutive win. Joel Embid is unlikely and expected to rest with load management.

Ben Simmons Must Be Traded In Order for the 76ers to Compete for a Championship This Season.

Why?

Ben Simmons has been under a lot of heat recently, and it’s easy to see why. He’s not been nearly as agressive as someone with his body frame should be. To prove this point, think about this: Simmons has attempted just 9 field goals per game thus far. He’s been passing out of shots under the basket, which shouldn’t be the case as a 6’10 guard; you have to take advantage of those situations. Then there’s still his lack of a jump shot. Floor spacing goes down the drain when Simmons is on the court. Ben has a very well-rounded game, but there are still flaws which he hasn’t fixed since his rookie year, and it will come back to bite. Joel Embiid is in his prime, but Simmons will hold him back, and as good as the Sixers have been up to this point, Ben will become a liability and lose them basketball games come playoff time. Joel Embiid will not be able to play at this high of a level for very long; this is why trading Ben Simmons for an offensive weapon should be in the Sixers’ best interest.

For Who?

Who should Ben Simmons be traded for? That’s the real question. The James Harden ship has sailed (the Rockets would’ve gotten a better package from the 76ers), but he would’ve been ideal. Some other options that come to mind are Bradley Beal (27), and Zach LaVine (25), both players that would grow nicely with Joel Embiid.

Would a Team With Joel Embiid and Beal/LaVine Be Able to Compete With Other Teams Such As the Nets?

Now this is tough. The Nets WILL be the team to beat in the Eastern conference, especially after that James Harden blockbuster trade. We can’t be for sure until the new-look Nets play with each other, but I am certain that a lineup with Joel Embiid and Bradley Beal/Zach LaVine would have a better chance of winning a 7-game series against Brooklyn. These players are guys that wouldn’t pass out of shots, that would do what it takes to get better and win games for their team.

All in all, I, as many other fans, don’t think Simmons will be enough to push us over the hump. Trading him would give the 76ers a legit chance to represent the East in the Finals.

Sixers Hire Former Grizzlies and Kings Coach Dave Joerger as an Assistant

Yesterday afternoon, the Sixers announced they have hired former Grizzlies and Kings head coach Dave Joerger to be an assistant coach under Doc Rivers. Joerger, who was a possible candidate to become the head coach awhile back, expressed interest and signed with Philly very shortly after. Joerger has a .498% winning percentage despite coaching a Kings’ team that was in the process of rebuilding, so that is very impressive. Joerger has a reputation for holding players accountable and pushing players to their max. De’Aaron Fox, the speedy Kings’ point guard, improved and became an All-Star caliber player under Joerger. He has a great basketball mind, and is very talented at working with what he has to work with. In his three years coaching the Memphis Grizzlies, Joerger went 147-99 and made the playoffs in 2013-2014, 2014-2015, and in 2015-2016. In his three years coaching the Sacramento Kings, Joerger went 98-148 and missed the playoffs all three times. Reportedly, the Sixers expressed interest in trading for Kings’ sharpshooter Buddy Hield who seemed unhappy in Sacramento. Apparently, Joerger and Hield clashed and did not get along with each other, and that plus them not winning games caused Joerger to be fired. However, I believe that us hiring Joerger does not hinder us pushing for Buddy Hield at all. I think that Buddy was mad that the culture hasn’t been winning, and took it out on Dave. I’m sure he understands that if does indeed get traded to Philly, he would fit amazingly with Doc and Dave, and flourish with Ben and Joel. I could be wrong, but this is my thoughts on the Hield-Joerger situation. All in all, this was an amazing hire, and even as an assistant coach, I believe Joerger will make a HUGE difference. Thanks for reading!

5 Mock Trades To Get Rid of Al Horford’s Contract

Last year, the 76ers brought in Al Horford which seemed like a smart move at the time. Horford had great leadership and that would be helpful for the young players on the roster. He was also one of the players that Embiid struggled against. Elton Brand gave Horford a 4 year, $109,000,000 that included $97,000,000 guaranteed and an annual salary of $27,250,000; an enormous payday for Al to say the least. Then came the 2019-2020 NBA season, and it was obvious that Horford was not the right fit alongside Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid. Horford’s shooting percentages were down big time: his field goal percentage went from 53.5% to 45%, three point percentage from 36% to 35%, and free throw percentage from 82.1% to 76.3%. Spacing was, and still is, an issue when Horford is on the court with Embiid and Simmons. Although he fits better off the bench, Horford was not producing nearly as much as his contract expected of him. Horford is not “washed”, but he definitely does not fit on this team, and his contract does not help his case. He can still be a productive piece for a contender. Let’s take a look at some mock trades that could help the 76ers get rid of Horford’s massive contract.

Trade 1: 76ers Receive Buddy Hield, Harrison Barnes, Richaun Holmes | Kings Receive Al Horford, Josh Richardson, Zhaire Smith

There have been many rumors revolving around a trade package that would send Buddy Hield to the 76ers and Al Horford to the Kings since early last season. The Kings had some interest in Horford when he hit free agency last season, but the Sixers got to him first. Hield is unhappy in Sacramento, reportedly ‘soured’ on Luke Walton, and didn’t even answer any of his calls. The Kings were very close to making the playoffs last season, and they might just think that Horford could get them there. In this mock trade, the Sixers will be acquiring Buddy Hield, Harrison Barnes, and Richaun Holmes and sending Al Horford, Josh Richardson, and Zhaire Smith. Sacramento could still be interested in bringing in Horford even if it means sacrificing Holmes, as Horford can be a mentor to Bagley. Richardson is an incredible player on an ideal contract, and it would help if the Sixers are able to keep him. The problem is that it would be tough to convince the Kings to do a trade revolving around their young sharpshooter without getting another capable wing player in return. Richardson isn’t going to bring the offensive firepower Hield posesses, but he’s a well-rounded player who can make plays on both sides of the ball. Richardson may not be enough which is why the Sixers might have to throw in Zhaire Smith. Smith, the former 16th overall pick, just hasn’t found his footing in Philadelphia, and a change of scenery might help. The 76ers would have to take on Harrison Barnes and Richaun Holmes’ contracts to make the financials work.

Trade 2: 76ers Receive Eric Gordon, Robert Covington | Rockets Receive Al Horford, 2nd Round Pick

This trade has the 76ers bringing back another familiar face in Robert Covington. They would also get Eric Gordon. Rockets would get Al Horford and a 2nd round pick. Rockets have been small ball for a while now, and they were good, but weren’t good enough. The outcome was Mike D’Antoni being fired. It seems like the Rockets are ready for a more rounded roster. Al Horford could be the first piece. He would be the defensive presence Houston’s looking for. Horford would also work better in a system in which he doesn’t have to work as a stretch forward. The 76ers would be getting a shooter in Eric Gordon and a good rotational piece with Covington. However, Rockets would be giving up a lot, so the Sixers would have to throw in a pick to make Morey interested. Push comes to shove, the Sixers could have to convert that into a first round pick.

Trade 3: 76ers Receive Chris Paul | Thunder Receive Al Horford, Shake Milton, Zhaire Smith

In this trade, the Thunder and 76ers will be exchanging 2 large contracts. Sixers would give Horford, Shake Milton, and Zhaire Smith and get Chris Paul in return. It seems like the Thunder are looking to get younger and build around their young piece in Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. Although they’re not getting younger with Horford, Thunder’s getting a talented guard in Shake Milton. They’re also getting Zhaire Smith, another young piece that can be developed. From the other side, Sixers would be getting Chris Paul, a guard who can play off-ball which would benefit Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid. If he’s found in the right spot, Paul could knock down the shot. He could be a very good fit alongside Embiid and Simmons. This trade would benefit both the 76ers and Thunder in what they’re trying to do.

Trade 4: 76ers Receive CJ McCollum | Trail Blazers Receive Al Horford, Shake Milton

There were rumors last season revolving around a trade package that would send Al Horford to the Trail Blazers and CJ McCollum to the 76ers. A trade like this might just be considered in the offseason. McCollum is getting up there in age (29) and he’s getting paid a lot of money. CJ did put up pretty good numbers but it really all depends on if the Blazers are still looking to compete and contend like they were, especially in such a loaded conference (Lakers, Clippers, Warriors, Rockets, Nuggets for example). Portland might consider trading McCollum while he still has value. In this trade, they aren’t getting younger by any means if they’re bringing Al Horford but Shake Milton might just convince them. He would be going to the Blazers and could learn and grow under Damian Lilard. With this trade, assuming Portland resigns Carmelo Anthony, he would be going to the bench. The starting lineup would look like Damian Lilard, Gerry Trent Jr., Nassir Little, Al Horford, and Whiteside/Nurkic. Stotts could also move Horford to the bench and start Anthony for floor spacing. This trade would still help the Blazers compete and potentially find their long-term option at point guard. On the other side of this deal, the 76ers would be bringing in a phenomenal player in CJ McCollum. The only problem is that McCollum would have to run point guard for the Sixers which wouldn’t be ideal. To fix this problem, Philly could go out and resign Alec Burks. This would make the starting lineup look like this: Alec Burks at PG, McCollum at SG, Tobias Harris at SF, Ben Simmons at PF, and Joel Embiid at C. Alec Burks and McCollum would be an excellent backcourt when we need buckets, and playing Simmons off-ball would really help floor spacing. Embiid would also have the paint all to himself which always works out for us. Also, the Trail Blazers could ask for a draft pick if they’re giving up such a valuable player. There would have to be some convincing and hoping for both front offices but nothing’s too out of reach.

Trade 5: 76ers Receive Kyle Lowry | Raptors Receive Al Horford, Shake Milton

This is another trade in which the Sixers would be giving up both Al Horford and Shake Milton for just one player who’s older and on a large contract – this time it will be Kyle Lowry. Lowry (34) is significantly older than McCollum (29) whom we discussed earlier. This trade would only be considered if the Raptors are determined to get younger. They would get Al Horford, who again, is not necessarily younger than Lowry, but he would be a mentor to Siakam and provide veteran leadership in a relatively young locker room. He would also fill the hole that Marc Gasol left at the center position. Milton would fit nicely alongside Fred Vanvleet (that is, if they choose to pay him, which they should) because he can play off-ball. Shake could also end up being the backup point guard if Toronto chooses to start Normal Powell over Milton. This seems like a very good trade for the Raptors. Now let’s look at how this could play out for the 76ers. Philadelphia would be getting Kyle Lowry, who is already 34 years old. He would become the primary point guard and this would move Ben Simmons to the power forward position. The starting lineup would be Kyle Lowry, Josh Richardson, Tobias Harris, Ben Simmons, and Embiid. The spacing would be better than before and Lowry could be the closer the Sixers are looking for. This trade would be contingent on Sixers front office believing it’s worth moving Horford’s contract for a similar contract with Kyle Lowry and giving up their young guard.

These were 5 mock trades to get Horford’s large contract off the Sixers’ hands! Thanks for reading!

Suns-Sixers Mock Trade Surfaces from Bleacher Report

Recently, a Bleacher Report writer released a Sixers-Suns mock trade that will certainly raise some eyebrows. Th trade was a very simple swap, where the Sixers receive Devin Booker and the Suns receive Ben Simmons. Now, there has been no rumor of this happening, it was just a mock trade, so nothing is definite. However, if Elton Brand was looking to move Simmons and build around Embiid, this trade would certainly be beneficial for both sides.

Sixers Benefit/Losses

The Sixers can benefit in a lot of ways in this trade. One, the pick-and-roll between Embiid and Booker would be unstoppable. Booker and Embiid would be a fantastic duo and flourish together. Booker is a fantastic shooter, and can creat shots at will. Although Simmons is a much better facilitator, Booker can still playmake and lead an offense. The loss of facilitating is devasting, but Shake Milton could pick up some slack as the point guard. If Elton wanted to try and build around Booker and Embiid, that would be awesome. However, I would like to see Simmons and Embiid work under new head coach Doc Rivers before any change is made in the roster. If they are still unable to coexist under Rivers, then we need to push for a trade and this would be a great option.

Suns Benefit/Losses

The Suns took a devastating loss to the Portland Blazers in a play in game to make the playoffs after going 8-0 in the bubble a couple weeks ago, and looked like a really promising team under Monty Williams. However, if Booker did request a trade or the Suns decided they wanted to move him, I feel like aquiring Ben Simmons in return would work out great. The Suns get a top defender and facilitator in Simmons, and Simmons would be great with Deandre Ayton down low. Ricky Rubio would most likely be moved to the bench, and Simmons could either start as a PF or PG with them. They do however lose shooting spark in Booker, but could make it up with good facilitating all-around.

All in all, I really wouldn’t be apposed to a Devin Booker and Ben Simmons swap, and if I was a Suns fan, I wouldn’t be either. Thank you for reading!

Examining the Doc Rivers Hiring

The 76ers replaced Brett Brown on Thursday, signing Doc Rivers to a 5 year deal. Their coaching search included Rivers, Mike D’Antoni, Ty Lue, and Billy Donovan. Was Doc the best option to be the next coach of the 76ers? Let’s take a look.

Correct Choice?

Doc was far and away the best choice available to fill the coaching void. One of the biggest problems with Brown was that he failed to hold players accountable, and this is a strength for Doc. He can do this while still being able to have a good relationship with players. He has coached many NBA legends including Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Chris Paul, and many more, and he played in the NBA from 1984 to 1996. Rivers also has championship experience, as he coached the 2008 Celtics team that made 2 Finals appearances. The problem with Doc is that he isn’t necessarily good at making adjustments in game and in the playoffs. He deserves some blame for the Clippers’ recent choke, but certainly not all of it, as the Clips could not buy a bucket in game 7. I don’t think this will be a problem though, as the main issue with the Sixers is how their roster is constructed, which I’ll be getting to later. As I said previously, Doc was the best coach available. It was worth hiring him without making any front office changes (getting rid of Colangelo’s staff), and he is a massive upgrade even with his drawbacks.

Press Conference Takeaways

The Sixers introduced Doc on Monday to the media, and he answered a lot of questions regarding the team. First off it is safe to say that Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons are untouchable this offseason. Although Doc revealed that he has a say in roster construction, he had nothing but great things to say about the two, and he mentioned them as an enticing reason to sign right away, as he was prepared to take a break from coaching. When talking about Ben and Joel, Doc said, “They’ve won 65 percent of the games that they’ve played in. It clearly works when they play together. If you’ve watched my teams, I rarely say that a guy is a 1, a 2 — I don’t get lost in the minutiae. I don’t get lost in what position guys play. I look at how many points we score as a team. I don’t care how we score. My teams have always been very good offensively, in the top five overall. And we score points, and we score points in a lot of different ways.” What’s worrisome is that Doc praised how the roster is currently constructed. If he is able to use guys like Al Horford or Tobias Harris correctly then that is fine, but I doubt Al ever fits. We’ll talk Tobias in a bit. I wouldn’t rule out any trades though, as Doc was quick to dodge questions about playing Horford and Embiid together. Second off, Doc isn’t going to force Ben to shoot, but he said that he will get guys to do what it takes to win. He definitely is going to command more respect than Brett, so I can see Simmons finally taking more jumpers, but not a large amount. A final takeaway is something I already touched on, but Doc is going to improve this offense no matter the roster changes. He mentioned wanting to increase the pace, which I am happy about considering the Sixers offense was extremely stagnant last season. He can also unlock Harris if he isn’t traded. In 87 regular season games in LA with the Clippers, Harris averaged 34.6 MPG, 20.3 PPG, 7.2 RPG, 2.9 APG, 0.9 SPG, and 0.5 BPG on 59.1 TS% and 42.6% from deep. This is significantly better than his 99 regular season games since with Philly, where he averaged 34.5 MPG, 19.2 PPG, 7.2 RPG, 3.1 APG, 0.6 SPG, 0.5 BPG on 55.8 TS% and 35.6% from 3. This drop off was mainly due to Tobias being less of a ball handler in Philly. He isn’t great off the ball, and is much more valuable with the ball in his hands, where he’s a better shooter, can get to the rim, and as Doc said, is great in the pick and roll.

Conclusion

Doc Rivers was certainly the best option out there to be the next coach in Philly. He will hold guys accountable for mistakes, he’s great in the locker room, and he will improve the offense, specifically Tobias if he isn’t traded. He is also very excited to be coaching Joel, Ben, Tobias, and he even had high praise for guys like Matisse Thybulle, Shake Milton, and Josh Richardson. However, he isn’t going to magically fix the problems with the Sixers, as trades that I’ve previously written about need to be made, Embiid needs to get in shape, and Ben needs to be more comfortable with taking jumpers. Doc Rivers is certainly something to be excited about, but the Sixers still have a lot of work to do.

Reason Why Doc Rivers will be Successful with the sixers.

Doc Rivers is a veteran coach how many people look at as one of the best coaches in the league. After his suprise departure from the LA Clippers. The Sixers Quickly Targeted him and signed his to a 5 year deal. Doc is being held to high expectations this year and he knows it so here’s why I think he will live up to the expectations and Succeed with the 76ers.

  1. Coaching Experience

The 76ers young squad is building experience but a coach like Rivers has the experience this team needs in big time situations. His Playoff experience speaks for itself he has made the playoffs 6 of the last 7 years and has had some success when being there so I am very confident in his experience. Doc has also been a coach for 21 seasons so his experience is really good. He also has an NBA Championship to add to his resume’.

2. Highly Respected

Doc Rivers is highly respected by alot of coaches, owners, and players so I expect the 76ers players to do the same. Teams around the league will respect us more because of the respect teams have for Doc Rivers more than they have for Brett Brown as a coach. This young team will respect Doc Rivers and that will help the team Succeed in the future.

3. He is a good fit

Doc Rivers is a good fit for us in many ways. First off one of the things about this team is that we have alot of different personalities and Doc Rivers has dealt with that in Boston and LA with the Big 3 in Boston and the Lob City era in LA so he has dealt with alot of personality. Also the 76ers have a team with size and dominant big men he has also dealt that with Kevin Garnett, Deandre Jordan, and Blake Griffin so I am confident he can use Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons to their strengths