Reprocessing the Sixers

Will the Hiring of Daryl Morey and a New Front Office Make a Difference?

Shane Olexa, Reporting Journalist

Philadelphia 76ers fans have “trusted the Process” for years. The Sixers have struggled for a long time and have almost always gotten a top-five draft pick because of how bad they have been. In 2014, fans were excited because new hope arrived in Joel Embiid. However, he could hardly get on the floor because of injuries. 

As if things couldn’t get any worse, the first pick overall in the 2016 draft, Ben Simmons, was also injury prone for the Sixers. Once Embiid and Simmons got on the floor, you could see they were superstars in the making. Individually they might have been, but not so much as a team.

On November 2, the Philadelphia 76ers officially named Daryl Morey president of basketball operations and extended the contract of General Manager, Elton Brand. To add to their championship dreams, they added Peter Dinwiddie, Prosper Karangwa, and Jameer Nelson. Many fans believed that the Sixers needed a front office rebuild. From Sam Hinkie to Bryan Collangello, fans have dreaded the Sixers front office. With Daryl Morey and co., the Sixers look to change their minds. They have loads of talent including superstars Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons. Newcomer Daryl Morey has a history of making big time trades and a Ben Simmons or Joel Embiid trade is never off the table.

There have been rumors of Houston Rockets superstar, James Harden, coming to the Sixers. Morey traded for Harden in 2012 with OKC in exchange for Kevin Martin and Jeremy Lamb, two first-round picks and a second round pick. Harden and Morey formed a bond in Houston, and it looks as if Morey and Elton Brand are already looking to improve their roster, not only with Harden, but also with the NBA Draft. At the 21st pick, they can at least get a shooter, something many fans would agree the Sixers could use. The new front office has a lot of work to do, but with the talent the Sixers have it can be done.