Philadelphia Sixers Analysis

The Hellish Purgatory Of The Philadelphia 76ers

by John Wilmes

Sep 30, 2021 10:43 PM

Joel Embiid has won a turf war against Ben Simmons because he's improved a bit more and definitely in easily noticeable ways. Embiid also won over the people in power within the Sixers, as well as the fans and the media. Read more »

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Twelve Characters: Joel Embiid

by Colin McGowan

Sep 10, 2021 10:25 AM

As hard as this summer has been on his shaken teammate, Joel Embiid has surely been struggling too. Struggling to keep his thoughts to himself, to put in the work knowing that his fate will be decided by forces beyond his own commitment. It's an existential bother, a fittingly big mannish problem. Read more »

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If The 76ers Lose Ben Simmons, They Become More Conventional With Fewer Possibilities

by Jack Tien-Dana

Sep 2, 2021 8:52 PM

The Sixers have succeeded because they moved counter to the NBA's prevailing trends. Whereas other teams focused on optimizing their offense until it reached some analytically divined flow state, Philly yucked their opponents' yum. Read more »

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Ben Simmons, Klutch, And LeBron's Legacy Of Cultural Resentment

by John Wilmes

Ben Simmons, despite boasting many spectacular qualities as a player, is not close to LeBron James, but his experience as a public figure does share important common ground. Read more »
Ben Simmons, Collin Sexton Hit The Trade Market As Victims Of Unmet Expectations

by Jack Tien-Dana

Ben Simmons elicits backlash because he's a star who refuses to conform to stardom while Collin Sexton is a non-star who refuses to acknowledge his non-stardom. Read more »
The End Of The Embiid-Simmons Sixers Mess

by John Wilmes

Imagination has failed for this weird epoch of the Sixers, if they can be said to have ever attempted it in earnest. More accurately, Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid, and Tobias Harris are a logjam that no one ever tried very hard to solve. Read more »
The Abyss Between Ben Simmons And His Potential

by Colin McGowan

Ben Simmons is not subtle or syncopated. He is simply quiet. Powerful nerves, a lack of understanding, whatever it is. Read more »
The Sixers, The Hawks, And The Stuff Of A Potential Classic

by John Wilmes

In Game 1, we saw both the extreme benefits of Philadelphia's strategy of kaiju-like paint monster trio of Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, and Tobias Harris, and the ways in which Trae Young can solve its long-limbed riddles. Read more »
The Trial Of Ben Simmons

by John Wilmes

Ben Simmons might have to barrel to the basket more regularly; what the highlight-seeking, unwashed masses want from him, in this case, might overlap perfectly with what his team needs to win. Read more »
Ten-Year NBA Net Rating Rankings (Infographics For All 30 Teams)

by RealGM Staff Report

The Jazz jumped from ninth in Net Rating last season to first in 20-21. Read more »
The Shape Of Ben Simmons's Contribution Doesn't Have To Make Conventional Sense

by Colin McGowan

Maybe it's okay that Ben Simmons isn't going to be a devastating all-around scorer, because he brings to the floor an abundance of other qualities that help you win basketball games. Read more »
20-21 NBA Season Preview: Atlantic Division

by Keith P Smith

On the 76ers and Celtics hoping for a breakthrough, the Nets figuring out what they'll be with Durant and Irving, Toronto running it back without their center vets, and the Knicks embarking a different type of rebuild. Read more »
Thirty Futures: Philadelphia 76ers

by Colin McGowan

It's up to Joel Embiid, how much of himself he wants to put into his vocation. Perhaps he doesn't fully want to. He has other interests, or his desire doesn't take the same shape as the very best players. Read more »
Daryl Morey And The Inescapable Self

by Colin McGowan

Sportsworld didn't have the vocabulary to talk about someone like Daryl Morey when the Rockets made him GM in 2007, and it hasn't really developed one all these years later as he heads to Philadelphia. Read more »
Nobody Knows For Sure What The 76ers Can Fix

by Colin McGowan

There's a fine line between persistence and stubbornness. Being able to tell one from the other, that's where the money is. Read more »
Ten-Year NBA Net Rating Rankings (Infographics For All 30 Teams)

by Christopher Reina

We look at the trajectory of every team in the NBA in terms of how they rank in the category. Read more »
Suspended Indefinitely: Eric Snow Sticks Around

by Colin McGowan

It was hard to tell if Eric Snow's steadiness was real or invented. You are, especially in your work, as much what others believe about you as anything else. Read more »
2019-20 Atlantic Division Season Preview

by Keith P Smith

On the Celtics retooling with Kemba Walker, Brooklyn getting a pair of superstars, the Knicks' Plan B, Philadelphia supersizing their roster, and the Raptors keeping the title momentum going without Kawhi Leonard. Read more »
Thirty Histories: Philadelphia 76ers

by Colin McGowan

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Jimmy Butler Gets To Do What He Wants In Miami

by Colin McGowan

Regardless of the mental machinations involved, South Beach Jimmy does seem a purer expression of Jimmy Butler's values. He wants to win, but he also wants status and credit and the ball. Read more »
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