The Sixers will have a ton of talent, and they will figure into any contender conversation in the NBA.
The reason is superstar big man Joel Embiid, who will have a very good player, Tobias Harris, alongside him.
In the latest NBA power rankings put out by veteran NBA reporter Marc Stein, the Sixers are ranked 10th:
Last season was Philadelphia’s first as the top seed entering the Eastern Conference playoffs since Allen Iverson and Larry Brown formed a partnership to lead the 76ers to the 2001 NBA Finals. How long will the Sixers’ search for a palatable Simmons trade drag into the season? What sort of return package will the Sixers ultimately score in a Simmons deal? It’s going to be hard to get a read on these guys until we have those answers.
The Sixers will almost certainly look like a different team out on the floor when the season tips off on Oct. 20 once Simmons does get traded, but thanks to Embiid and the other pieces on this roster, they should still be in good shape.