Sixers Get Off to Impressive Start, even with Roadblocks: Future Looks Bright

Alexander McCrystal, Reporting Journalist

The Sixers ended last season on a new low, being swept out of the playoffs by rival Boston Celtics. However, with an influx of new front office personnel and restructuring of the roster, the Sixers’s once- future is now one of hope. New president Daryl Morley was able to dump Al Horford’s contract and acquire veteran 3-and-D guy Danny Green. He was able to swap Josh Richardson for deadeye sharpshooter Seth Curry, who is the brother of 2-time MVP Stephen Curry. And as the icing on the cake, the Sixers got a draft steal in Tyrese Maxey.

The Sixers opened the season 7-3; however, they are undefeated when their entire starting five takes to the court, showing incredible promise. One loss came to Cleveland without Joel Embiid and on the second night of a back-to-back. The second loss came from the Nets without KD and Kyrie; however, we would later learn that multiple players had COVID-19 and Seth Curry tested positive mid-game, which was mentally taxing, while Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid had lingering minor injuries hindering them. Then, with only seven players, the Sixers were able to put together a fight that ultimately resulted in a loss to the Nuggets, but the game should have never been played with the depleted roster.

At full strength, the Sixers have been dominant on both ends of the floor, and the new acquisitions have been big contributors. For starters, new head coach Doc Rivers’ new system has the defense playing at a league best. The trio of Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, and player of the week Tobias Harris has been dominant. Despite a promising new core and a bright future, COVID-19 has derailed the early success of the team. Joel and Ben both have minor injuries, but Joel will back soon. It may be a week or two until the Sixers are at full strength, and when they are, it will be a treat to watch. It may only have been 10 games, but the next 62 should be incredibly fun to watch.