Philadelphia 76ers: Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons Health, Key to Making the NBA Playoffs

By Jeff Harris, Posted: 07/17/17 04:53AM EDT
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Undoubtedly, the Philadelphia 76ers is one of the most exciting, the most-awaited teams in the upcoming season of the NBA. And why not, for the first time in the NBA history, two No. 1 overall draft picks will debut on the same night, last year's top overall pick Ben Simmons, and this year's No. 1 pick Markelle Fultz.

"The infusion of two number one picks at the same time is just an incredible wealth of talent coming into a program at the right time," Sixers president of basketball operations and general manager Bryan Colangelo told Basketball Insiders. "We're taking the next step, certainly, adding another piece like Markelle [Fultz] in terms of that young talent and the core that we're putting together."

But if you think that's all there is for the Philadelphia and the NBA fans - think again. Simmons and Fultz will be joined by Joel Embiid, the 2014 No. 3 overall pick, and Dario Saric, the 2014 No. 12 overall pick.

If that ain't enough, there's Jahlil Okafor, the 2015 No. 3 overall pick. Then there's 33-year old NBA veteran J.J. Redick who signed with the Sixers a week following the free agency.

With all these young blood plus a sweet-shooting veteran, there's no stopping the Philadelphia train from wreaking havoc in the Eastern Conference. But do they have enough arsenals to bring down the defending Eastern Conference champions, the Cleveland Cavaliers, and last season's top Eastern team, the Boston Celtics?

Former Philadelphia 76ers star himself, Charles Barkley, believes that the Sixers are out to break into the NBA Playoffs after five years of absence. But what made him believe that the Sixers will come knocking on the NBA Playoffs doorsteps?

Barkley, undoubtedly the smallest rebounding king in the NBA, believes that the key to Sixers' success is by being injury-free. He specifically noted that should Embiid and Simmons remains healthy, the Philadelphia 76ers are on their way to the NBA Playoffs, as posted by Bleacher Report.



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