Winners of just 37 of their past 164 competitions since 2013, the Philadelphia 76ers hope to finally change their fortunes at the start of this season. Though Joel Embiid likely won’t see NBA action until at least next year, Sam Hinkie still has an abundance of budding talent at his disposal.
Arguably the biggest move that took place outside of the NBA Draft was the acquisition Nik Stauskas from the Sacramento Kings. In exchange for Carl Landry, Jason Thompson and a future first round pick, the 76ers received a 22-year old with boatloads of potential. The 2015 eighth overall selection is already a 3-point marksman and will immediately play an important role for the 76ers, which happen to be thin at the guard position.
An important match-up scheduled for this first month of action will come on November 7th against conference rival Orlando Magic. These two teams have been dwelling at the bottom of the East for the past few years, however they both represent the youth movement in the NBA. Sam Hinkie has assembled a core that oozes potential with players such as Nerlens Noel, Nik Stauskas, Robert Covington and most recently, Jahlil Okafor. This match-up against the Magic’s core of Victor Oladipo, Elfrid Peyton, Mario Hezonja, Nik Vucevic and Tobias Harris may very well be a playoff battle down the road.
For the 76ers, this season is definitely going to be one where growing pains are still ever-so present. Of the 18 contests that are due to be played in November, the 76ers are going to be on the road for 11 of them, including a 6 game road trip that will begin in Charlotte and end in Memphis. The 76ers will also participate in 12 games against opponents who appeared in the 2015 postseason, including two competitions versus the reigning Eastern Conference champions. Expect Brett Brown and his young team to experience the highs and lows, but it would be wise to expect more of the ladder.
Courtesy of Bleacher Report