The Philadelphia 76'ers will win the 2020 NBA Championship. That’s a guarantee. You seem confused by my statement. Oh, I’m sorry. I was unclear. There is a chance that this current 76'ers team might be champions — A Horford, Tobias Harris, and Josh Richardson isn’t a bad big three. What I mean, however, was that a member of Philadelphia’s vaunted Process will almost certainly be crowned NBA Champion.
As I write this, the Grizzlies, Spurs, and Suns are still in contention for the 9th spot in the Western Conference. The Suns feature Dario Saric and 76er- for-10 minutes Mikal Bridges. Their opponent, the Dallas Mavericks, have Boban Marjanoviicsc and Trey Burke.
The Spurs feature the inimitable Marco Bellinelli. Somehow, the Trail Blazers, Grizzlies, and Jazz are 76er-free. The Rockets feature the 3 and D stylings of Robert Covington and ex-Sixer Luc Mbah a Moute off the bench. Look over there! It’s the former Seattle SuperSonics with our old friend Nerlens Noel and short-term rental Mike (Moose) Muscala.
Denver Nuggets= Jerami Grant. A cursory glance at the LA Clippers reveals Landry Shamet and Lou Williams, while the Lakers roster JaVale McGee and our 2018 draft pick, Kostas Antetokounmpo.
Let’s move to the Eastern Conference. We have the 8th Seed, the Orlando Magic. Hey, it’s Nikola Vucevic from 2011. Hi James Ennis III. There’s NBA ROY Michael Carter-Williams. Oh, and we can’t forget a guy I will always root for, Markelle Fultz. The Nets? TLC (Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot,) Justin Anderson, and oldhead Wilson Chandler.
At least the Indiana Pacers don’t — oops, there’s the glue guy we should never have let get away, T.J McConnell, and the unsung and scrappy JaKarr Sampson. The 4th seed Heat have a closer in Jimmy Butler and the man who was supposed to be Allen Iverson’s replacement, Andre Iguodala.
The Celtics are Sixer-free unless you want to court Jayson Tatum, who we could have picked at three in 2017 had we not traded the pick for the #1 that we used on Markelle — Gah! The Raptors are bereft of Sixers, but the Bucks have two strong rotation players in Ersan Ilyasova and Kyle Korver.
All in all, 12 of the 16 teams in the playoffs have 76'ers or ex-76ers on their rosters. Adding in the current Sixers, 39 players who are or have been with the franchise have a chance to win an NBA Championship this year. Bubble -wise, but not playoff-bound, in the Western Conference the Sacramento Kings have Corey Brewer and Richaun Holmes and the New Orleans Pelicans start the man whose trade began the Process, Jrue Holiday, a deadeye 3 point shooter in JJ Redick, and one of our multiple #1 picks, Jahlil Okafor. In the Eastern Conference, the Charlotte Hornets have a Hinkie draft-and stash in Willy Hernangomez, and the Wizards run Ish Smith, as well as two 76'ers draft-night picks and/or trades, Isaac Bonga and Anzejs Pasecniks. So the next time you hear anyone say that the 76'ers need a … — they’ve probably had at least two.