The Philadelphia 76ers may have fallen earlier than they expected in the 2021 postseason when they were eliminated in Round 2 of the playoffs by the Atlanta Hawks, but it does not mean that they are still not a talented team with dangerous players.
The Sixers are still led by a star duo of Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons-for now, at least-and they have the right supporting cast of players around them in Tobias Harris, Seth Curry, and Danny Green.
That is why they were ranked 5th in ESPN’s way too early power rankings despite the early playoff exit:
Following their disastrous second-round exit at the hands of the Hawks, the 76ers enter the offseason with one question looming over the franchise: Is it finally time for the Ben Simmons-Joel Embiid partnership to be dissolved? If it is, Daryl Morey, Philadelphia’s president of basketball operations, will have to craft a deal that can allow the Sixers to find the playoff breakthrough they’ve been searching for. The Sixers will not trade him just to trade him and they need to be able to move him for the right piece.