2020-21 Draft Guide Team Preview: Philadelphia 76ers

  • Draft Rumors

    Rumor: Isaiah Joe has draft promise from Sixers at No. 21 or 34 — Jonathan Wasserman, November 17

    Sixers have spoken with Maryland’s Jalen Smith — Ky Carlin, November 12

    Grant Riller has interviewed with Sixers — Hoops Rumors, November 2

    Sixers have shown interest in Tyrell Terry — Bleacher Report, October 29

    Sixers connected to Isaiah Joe — Bryan Kalbrosky, October 24

    Desmond Bane says he’s had “a lot of interest” from Sixers — NBC Sports, October 8

    Free Agency Rumors

    Stein: Daryl Morey wants to give Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid another chance before trading one of them — New York Times, November 17

    Philadelphia & Brooklyn are James Harden’s top destinations — Shams Charania, November 16

    Sixers have shown interest in veteran G Patty Mills — The Ringer, November 12

    How’d We Get Here?

    After getting Kawhi’d in the playoffs, Philly decided to retool. The Sixers let Jimmy Butler and JJ Redick walk so they could dump tons of money on Tobias Harris (reasonable, except they turned him into a spot-up shooter) and Al Horford (also reasonable considering how he locked up Joel Embiid in the playoffs previously, except he and Embiid don’t fit together at all). Ben Simmons teased shooting threes but didn’t actually do anything different, and finally got moved to power forward — which took even more away from Harris. The Sixers were great at home but looked like absolute junk on the road and never really meshed, culminating in an ugly sweep at the hands of the Celtics after Simmons needed knee surgery. Jamming together random talented players didn’t work and everyone looked tired of everything by the end of the season. Brett Brown got the boot and Doc Rivers will take over. Shake Milton looked good, at least?

    The Process is dead. Long live The Process. Haha… unless?

    Daryl Morey made his way the Philly and it turned immediate dividends, with the Sixers dumping bad money and picking up some much-needed help with perimeter defense, floor-spacing and playmaking while also grabbing some nice value picks in the draft.

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