Sixers

Sixers

The controversy surrounding James Harden dominated the conversation during the offseason. However, the 2023-24 Philadelphia 76ers are ready to move forward. They’ll do it with luxuries that most NBA teams don’t have.

The energy surrounding the team certainly isn’t perfect. However, Joel Embiid is the reigning MVP, and one of the best emerging guards in the NBA will be feeding him the ball.

The Nick Nurse Era

The Sixers hired Nick Nurse to replace Doc Rivers as the head coach. Nurse led the Toronto Raptors to a title in 2019, infamously advancing past the Sixers on the Kawhi Leonard buzzer-beater in the second round.

Kate Scott joined The John Kincade Show to talk about Nurse’s first year in Philadelphia.

“Don’t question the fact that he had lots of offers this offseason. He chose to come here because he’s intrigued by the pieces and the passion of this sports city.” -Kate Scott

Despite the negativity surrounding Harden and six consecutive years of heartbreaking playoff exits, the Sixers hired a qualified head coach who has the motivation to lead them over the hump into the Eastern Conference Finals and to the ultimate goal of winning their first championship since 1983.

The 2023-24 Philadelphia 76ers

Fan favorites Tyrese Maxey and “B-Ball” Paul Reed will return looking to take the next step in the development of their respective NBA careers. They have the opportunity to flourish in a rotation with minutes up for grabs.

Maxey’s lighthearted attitude and Reed’s emergence as a prominent contributor give the sense of positivity that the fan base needs. Years of distress through The Process and repeated postseason letdowns have been hard enough. Fans deserve reasons for hope. Tobias Harris has underwhelmed them in recent seasons. He still has the talent to reemerge as a primary offensive option without Harden on the floor.

The additions to the roster won’t push the national media to obsess over the Sixers like they have in past seasons. However, Philadelphia has an opportunity to reverse the pain of the past on the back of Joel Embiid.

  • Joel Embiid

    Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers 2023-24

    It’s no secret that the 76ers will depend on Joel Embiid. The 7-footer out of Cameroon has outdone his own career high in scoring in three consecutive seasons, and he finally earned his first NBA MVP for the 2022-23 season. The continued improvement is a testament to his ability to continue adding tools to his arsenal to find his highest potential.

    However, it’s also no secret that playoff success is the real focus. Embiid hasn’t helped his team advance to the Eastern Conference Finals, and the fact of the matter supercedes all individual accomplishments in the minds of most 76ers fans.

  • Tyrese Maxey

    Tyrese Maxey, Philadelphia 76ers 2023-24

    The Sixers found the steal of the 2020 NBA Draft when they selected the guard out of Kentucky with the 21st-overall pick. Maxey has improved consistently throughout his NBA career, and he must take the next step by improving at the defensive end of the floor. He will reach stardom as a 20+ point scorer who shoots over 40% from three-point range if he can overcome the label as a defensive liability.

  • Tobias Harris

    Tobias Harris, Philadelphia 76ers 2023-24

    Harris has shown incredible ability at points during his 12-year NBA career. However, his season averages in scoring has dropped in each of his four full seasons in Philadelphia. He has room to reemerge as a bigger offensive focus in an era when excellent wing players dominate the NBA.

  • De’Anthony Melton

    De'Anthony Melton, Philadelphia 76ers 2023-24

    Melton didn’t get the most attention during his first season in Philadelphia in 2022-23, but he proved himself as a key part of the franchise’s future. The former second-round pick averaged double figures last season, and he’s made Daryl Morey look excellent for fleecing the Memphis Grizzlies in a trade in June 2022.

  • Paul Reed

    Paul Reed, Philadelphia 76ers 2023-24

    An offer sheet from the Utah Jazz spelled the end for Paul Reed in Philadelphia. However, the Sixers dug deeper into the wallet to keep their young big man. Reed played an expanded role in the 2023 playoffs. His ability to play the 4 position with Joel Embiid on the floor will go a long way to determine the amount of playing time he’ll get under Nick Nurse.

  • Mo Bamba

    Mo Bamba, Philadelphia 76ers 2023-24

    Bamba played 275 games for the Orlando Magic and the Los Angeles Lakers in five NBA seasons before signing with 76ers in July. He attended Westtown School in West Chester before going to the University of Texas to play college ball. The Magic drafted him with the sixth-overall pick in 2018.

  • Patrick Beverly

    Patrick Beverly, Philadelphia 76ers 2023-24

    The Sixers are looking for Patrick Beverly as the veteran guard off the bench who adds experience and intangible value. The 35-year-old has earned three selections to the NBA All-Defensive Team. He’s played key minutes in 65 playoff games with the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Clippers.

  • Kelly Oubre Jr.

    Kelly Oubre Jr., Philadelphia 76ers 2023-24

    The Sixers signed Kelly Oubre Jr. to a one-year deal this offseason. The 6-foot-7 wing took hold of an opportunity for more offensive focus on a struggling Charlotte Hornets team in 2022-23 when he averaged a career-high 20.3 points. He has averaged in double figures in six consecutive seasons, but he is best fitted for a bench role on a contending team.

  • Jaden Springer

    Jaden Springer, 2023-24 Philadelphia 76ers

    The Sixers drafted Springer with the 28th-overall pick in 2021. He’s played 18 NBA games in his first two seasons, and he hasn’t yet become a contributor in key minutes. The 6-foot-4 guard will scratch and claw to earn his minutes. The fluid situation with James Harden could leave things up for grabs in the backcourt.

  • Furkan Korkmaz

    Furkan Korkmaz, 2023-24 Philadelphia 76ers

    While fans and media have called to replace Korkmaz seemingly every season in recent memory, the Turkish shooting guard is entering his seventh season in Philadelphia. His scoring average has decreased in four consecutive seasons, and he might not have a long leash with a spot on the bench at age 26 if he doesn’t work into a role as a bigger contributor than he was in 2022-23.

  • Danuel House Jr.

    Danuel House Jr., 2023-24 Philadelphia 76ers

    The Sixers dished out $8.4 million on a two-year contract for House entering the 2022-23 season as part of a roster overhaul that included a heavy focus on players with experience under Daryl Morey with the Houston Rockets. He played a minimal role by the time the playoffs came around, but he ended up providing a little bit of a spark off the bench in the second round against the Boston Celtics. Nurse will see what the 30-year-old journeyman has left in the tank.

  • Robert Covington

    Robert Covington, Philadelphia 76ers

    He became a polarizing microcosm of The Process during his first stint in Philadelphia from 2014-18. The 32-year-old has grown into an experienced NBA journeyman who’s spent time with five different NBA teams. He earned NBA All-Defensive Team honors for the 2017-18 season.

  • KJ Martin

    KJ Martin, now with the Philadelphia 76ers

    The 22-year-old KJ Martin averaged 12.7 points for the Houston Rockets in 2022-23. He is the only player the Sixers acquired in the James Harden trade who might have a legitimate long-term upside. Nick Nurse will determine the rotation as the team develops an identity with a lot of question marks about their future.

  • Nicolas Batum

    Nicolas Batum, Philadelphia 76ers

    Batum hasn’t averaged in double figures since the 2017-18 season with the Charlotte Hornets. The 6-foot-8 guard will have to carve out a role for a team that acquired him more for his expiring contract than his skill set on the floor. He has more than enough NBA experience to find a way to do that.

  • Marcus Morris Sr.

    Marcus Morris, now with the Philadelphia 76ers

    Daryl Morey acquired Philadelphia native Marcus Morris Sr. days after the season opener. The James Harden deal wasn’t about improving the Sixers in the short term, however. His value in the trade had to do with an annual salary of over $17 million coming off the books after the 2023-24 season.

  • Two-Way Contracts

  • Azuolas Tubelis

    Tyrese Maxey and Azuolas Tubelis of the 2023-24 Philadelphia 76ers

    The Sixers loaded up on big men with no expectation for Montrezl Harrell to contribute in 2023-24. Tubelis spent three years as a major contributor at Arizona. He’s another young big man from overseas looking to make a name for himself at the NBA level.

  • Javonte Smart

    Javonte Smart, 2023-24 Philadelphia 76ers

    Smart is playing on a two-way contract. He will almost certainly have to manage more bus trips down to Wilmington and earn his way into Nick Nurse’s rotation. The LSU graduate played short stints with the Milwaukee Bucks and the Miami Heat before the Sixers signed him.

  • Terquavion Smith

    Terquavion Smith, 2023-24 Philadelphia 76ers

    Rookie guard Terquavion Smith played two years at NC State. The Sixers signed him on a two-year contract on July 1. His 165-pound frame isn’t ideal for the NBA, but he averaged 17.9 points for a team that advanced to the NCAA Tournament last season.

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