The 76ers have had a rough couple of years for an NBA franchise. The team received no value when franchise player Andre Iguodala walked out of the door via free agency, sending the team into full rebuild mode. Over the past 3 seasons, the 76ers have been atrocious, posting one of the worst records in the league each year.
Record wise, the 2015 season didn’t end any different, as Philly closed the year with an 18-64 record. Things have been bleak for 76ers fans, but have no fear; there is light at the end of the tunnel! If you take a close look at the roster and coaching, you can instantly tell that the 76ers are heading in the right direction.
One of the building blocks of the future in Philly is named Jahlil Okafor. The Chicago native is a crafty big man with a plethora of solid post moves. At 6’11 and 270 pounds, Jahlil boasts an NBA ready body that will be able to withstand a 82 game season. Offensively he is the perfect complement to Nerlens Noel as Jahlil has a traditional low block game. Okafor has displayed his unique skill set throughout the NBA Summer League, dominating each player he has been matched up against. Based on the roster and potential usage rate, Jahlil has the ability to be a 14-15 point per game scorer for Philadelphia in his rookie year.
Nerlens Noel played like a man possessed during his rookie season with the 76ers. Offensively, Noel is a bit raw in regards to post moves, but he makes that up with maximum effort on the glass. As the season progressed, Noel became more accustomed to the speed of the NBA. During the month of March, Noel turned the corner, averaging 14 points, 11 rebounds 2 steals and 2 blocks per game. With the addition of Okafor, Noel can play to his strengths, which are rebounding and defense. The duo of Noel and Okafor could be dynamic in the NBA in the next couple of years.
The 76ers have done a great job acquiring young assets to push this team forward in the future. Noel & Okafor solidify the team in the frontcourt. The 76ers also nabbed last years 8th pick overall Nik Stauskas from the Kings. The 6-6 shooting guard should come in and be an immediate starter for this team in the backcourt. The 2016 off-season should be a big one for Philly. They will have a boatload of money available to spend and well attempt to court a franchise player to pair with the young big men. The 76ers aren’t going to win a championship next year, but the future is surely bright in Philly.