After a hot start to the season, we explore three moves that would transform the Philadelphia 76ers into a championship contender.
The overwhelming belief heading into the season was that the Philadelphia 76ers were going to take a big step back. With James Harden demanding a trade, there was little hope that the Sixers would be able to turn around and pivot up the Eastern Conference standings. However, through the first two weeks of the season, the Sixers very much look like a team that can possibly compete for a title.
Although, if they do want to realistically compete for a championship, they’ll likely have to make a move or two before the stretch run. While Tyrese Maxey and Joel Embiid have gotten off to superb starts, it’d be unfair to expect them to carry the Sixers over the course of the season, including the playoffs.
The good news is that they have the assets to make a move at the NBA Trade Deadline. And it’s something they should absolutely explore.
The Philadelphia 76ers should go all-in this season
With how the Sixers have looked so far this season, it would be outlandish to suggest that they stand pat and wait until the offseason. Even after trading Harden, the Sixers are one of the best teams in the East. If the Sixers are able to add a piece or two, they could emerge as a viable threat come playoff time.
In fact, I’d even say that there’s a natural path toward contention this season. Let’s explore three steps the Sixers can make in order to transform into real contenders in the East.