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What happens if Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid can’t lead Philadelphia to a championship this season?

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Over the past two seasons, both Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons have been named Eastern Conference All-Stars and have helped lead the 76ers franchise from the bottom of the standings into the conversation with the NBA’s elite, with consecutive 50-win seasons and Eastern Conference Semifinals appearances.

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And while other dominant duos – such as LeBron James and Anthony Davis with the Los Angeles Lakers, Kawhi Leonard and Paul George with the Los Angeles Clippers, and James Harden and Russell Westbrook with the Houston Rockets – have championship or bust aspirations this season, so does the young 1-2 punch of Embiid and Simmons, in only their third full season together.

“There are plenty of people around the league who believe this is it. These are the final days of Embiid and Simmons together.”

If the Sixers did decide to move off of one of their superstars, deciding who to move could prove difficult, considering Embiid is viewed as a top talent in the league but has long battled durability issues, whereas Simmons might not be regarded as the player that Embiid is, but he is almost always available.

In the 52 games that Embiid has missed over the last three seasons in which Simmons has played, the Sixers are 27-25.

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