Philadelphia 76ers NBA Season Preview: The pressure on Ben Simmons and the benefit of a congested roster

Philadelphia 76ers NBA Season Preview: The pressure on Ben Simmons and the benefit of a congested roster

The Philadelphia 76ers is one of the talked about teams this summer as many questioned its rebuilding process. The question centers on how rookie Ben Simmons will handle the pressure considering their congested roster.

It’s a no-brainer for one to look at the 76ers roster loaded with young blood out to prove that they belong in the league. They were not able to secure a veteran star via free agency that could very well turn things up. Frankly, who would even choose them with their slump record last year of 10 wins and 72 losses making them one of the worst team in the NBA.

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But the 76ers started the summer with changes to its franchise, they named Bryan Colangelo as president and team manager. They also put their fate in the hands of Brett Brown, who will be in his fourth season as head coach. The rebuilding process involved lots of paint as they have to cut ties with a handful of assets.

The 76ers cut several players namely Isaiah Canaan, Carl Landry, Kendall Marshall, Phil Pressey, JaKarr Sampson, Ish Smith, Sonny Weems, Christian Wood, and Tony Wroten. They welcomed to their fold a bunch of new faces led by Simmons, Sergio Rodriguez, and Dario Saric. Other new assets to look forward to including Anthony Barber, Jerryd Bayless, Joel Embiid, Gerald Henderson, Ben Simmons, Shawn Long, Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot, Brandon Paul, and James Webb III.

Holdovers from last year include veteran Elton Brand, Jahlil Okafor, Nerlens Noel, Robert Covington, Jerami Grant, Richaun Holmes, T.J. McConnell, and Nik Stauskas.

Colangelo has explained that he does not like their roster this year considering they have too many big men. He added that they have to decongest their roster to spread out the floor more efficiently. Since then, the 76ers have been in the trade headlines notably with Okafor, Noel, and Embiid taking turns.

However, Colangelo does not want to rush anything in trading some of their big men. Teams have tried to entice them for a trade but Colangelo wants a better offer that would also benefit their end rather being turned into a gold mine by others.

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Aside from trying to decongest its locker room, the 76ers also need to surround Simmons with good finisher on both ends of the floor. Since being drafted, Simmons have placed a lot of effort in his workouts. He had improved in his shooting – seen as his pivotal weakness.

Simmons admit that he feels the pressure but does not mind them as he focuses on things needed to help the team. Aside from Simmons, expectations are also high on Elton Brand to keep the players in check on and off the court.

Brand is the only player on the roster with vast experience and the organization wants him as a leader to the young talents.

Many may view the 76ers as a young inexperienced team coming this season, but make no mistake they are no pushovers as well. They are not contenders overnight but at least they are likely to take more wins this year than the Brooklyn Nets.

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