- Dec 24, 2002
Again, their big additions in Horford in Richardson make that team very intriguing. I am inclined to pick them as my favorite in the East right now but a lot depends on whether Giannis makes another leap this year, how quickly Oliadpo returns (people are sleeping on the Pacers acquisition of Warren imho - he is every bit the value pickup that Richardson is for the 76ers) and whether Siakam can also build off of last year.Philly has more talent, size, athleticism than anyone in the East but the best team still wins in basketball. There is a history with the 76ers of having talented teams that do not win the big games. Embiid’s health is an ongoing story. It’s always fun to watch the 76ers, even if they break your heart in the end.
Richardson, in particular, is the key for me in Philadelphia. He had a down year last season but if his prior year was real/repeatable, the guy is a fantastic replacement for Butler. He isn't and never will be the defender that J Butt was, however he is still very good and he has the chance to be a better shooter, especially from behind the arc, than the misnamed Jimmy Buckets.
Overall this team's strength will be their length/defense (as others have noted here) which is a great thing to have. If Embiid stays healthy and Horford's decline is fairly gradual, they are going to be a nightmare matchup for anyone.