Sixers Vs Eagles: Philadelphia’s Next Dynasty Team

It is a great time to be a Philadelphia sports fan at the moment. The Eagles are currently atop the NFL in the standings and “The Process” is finally paying off. The Eagles are literally destroying everybody in their path and the Sixers young core is looking like Shaq and Penny 2.0. The huge question is, which team should Philly fans put stock in for the future.

Looking at the Eagles, the team is currently at 8-1 and Carson Wentz is on pace to be the MVP in only his 2nd season. That is pretty incredible. Along with having a super scary defensive line and a growing secondary the Eagles are looking like formidable squad for years to come. At the moment, the Eagles defense is setting the team up for success. Opposing teams are only rushing 18 times per game on average against the Eagles. That is actually the lowest amount of rushes per game of all time. That means teams are throwing 30-40 times every week and it is not working out. Patrick Robinson is playing out of his mind ranking as the #1 DB in the NFL according to PFF (Pro Football Focus). Jalen Mills is only in his 2nd year but has proved that he should go up against the opposing #1 WR every week. The linebacking core doesn’t get enough credit. Nigel Bradham and when healthy Jordan Hicks are among the best in the NFL as well as Mychal Kendricks who has seen an uptick in production since Hicks was placed on the IR a few weeks ago. To top everything off the Eagles have a pretty decent running game that features newly acquired Jay Ajayi and Corey Clement. Blount is on a one year deal and it is not clear whether the team will retain his services after this season. All together the Eagles have a solid foundation and look to win their first Super Bowl this season.

The 76ers are on a whole other level than the Eagles. Ben Simmons is already locked in on winning the NBA Rookie of the Year award and Joel Embiid and dominating along side his 6’10 point guard. Robert Covington has budded into a good 2 way way player and Dario Saric is doing whatever he can to help the 76ers win. The great news is that the 76ers core is in place and under contract. The 76ers can add around their core and and be even better than what they are now in the future. The crazy part is Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid aren’t even in their primes yet. Imagine Simmons with a functioning jump shot. Imagine Embiid playing a full season. It is amazing to think of how good this team can be when the team hits their stride. Fultz is dealing with a shoulder injury and the team is still managing to win despite the loss of Fultz. The Process has finally payed off and the team is starting to look like the team that can take on the Golden State Warriors and win. The Eastern Conference lost a lot of talent in the offseason and it is up for grabs. The Sixers are going to be the team to step up. If not this year than for sure next year with a fully healthy core.

Sadly, the Eagles are in prime position to lose a few of their coaches in a few months. Quarterback coach John Defilippo may be the most intriguing candidate in the off season for a head coaching position. Jim Schwartz may leave for his last try at being a head coach for the right opportunity.  The loss of Defilippo may stunt Wentz’s growth and that is a huge deal. Not to mention the the NFC is starting to look like the Western Conference in football. The Eagles may be the team this year but next year and the year after that is a huge question mark. The Sixers may be young but like stated earlier, the core is there and is staying . The Sixers have more favorable odds to be contenders than the Eagles do. Philadelphia fans should love both teams but if you were to say which team is the next dynasty in Philadelphia the answer should be the Sixers.

 

 

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The Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics have agreed to a trade that would send Philadelphia the #1 pick in 2017 and Boston gets 2017 3rd pick, 2018 1st round Lakers pick (2-5 protected) and 2019 Kings 1st round pick. The Sixers will draft presumptive top prospect Markelle Fultz out of Washington with the first pick. Fultz averaged just over 23 points along with nearly 6 assist and rebounds per game.

The best part about the trade is that the Sixers will have their foundation for the future. The starting rotation is filled with potential. There is a strong argument to be made that the rotation is the most athletic in the NBA. As well as having 4 players that are 6’7 and taller in the starting 5 making Fultz the smallest in the lineup at 6’4. The height isn’t a weakness in this case. Defensively, Covington is a lockdown defender. Embiid and Saric have shown they can defend the paint and Simmons hasn’t played a game yet; however, his versatility should allow him to defend every position making him a valuable asset in Philadelphia.

Offensively, the Sixers are bound to put up numbers all day everyday. For the other 29 teams it will be a challenge to match up with Philadelphia.  Embiid can literally play any position. He has said that he can play at the point guard position and dominate. How Embiid stretches the floor and has improved his range since being drafted it’s hard to disagree with his statement. Dario Saric is an athletic forward who can play as the stretch forward or center if Head Coach Brett Brown implements a small lineup. Ben Simmons is literally everything. The boy is 6’10 and has Magic Johnson written on his forehead. When Fultz is not playing point it is likely that Simmons will takeover. Every team needs a 3 point shooter in their lineup and Robert Covington is that guy. He can shoot and defend making him an asset. Covington isn’t guaranteed a starting spot but it is very likely if the Sixers do not add a high profile shooting Guard in Free Agency. Of Course Markelle Fultz is going to be the starting Point Guard in Philadelphia. He is the best shooter in this year’s draft class and he can rebound and pass the ball efficiently. Fultz probably can be compared to Russell Westbrook. Westbrook is this year’s MVP by a long shot and if Fultz is half of the player that Westbrook is than Fultz will be a great ball player.

This year is the year that the Sixers absolutely must spend their money. Philadelphia leads the NBA in cap space and it is a perfect time to spend it. J.J Redick should be at the top of the list for the Sixers in Free Agency. Redick has shot and drained 3 point shots  his whole career. He can play defense and maybe most importantly he is a locker room leader. The young Sixers roster really has no veteran experience. Especially players who have played on contenders. Redick is a lifelong Clippers player and has played on both a terrible and good Clippers team. Dion Waiters should take a serious look at joining his hometown team. Waiters has never been a key part of any team before; however, he would be a solid 6th man in the rotation and could serve as a leader off the bench.

T.J McConnell started at point guard for the 76ers last year and is better served coming off the bench. McConnell is the blue collar player that gives it his all every night and exemplifies Philadelphia’s culture. Richaun Holmes is a solid young forward that can play power forward behind Saric. Holmes got lost in the shuffle when Nerlens Noel still played in Philly but after that Holmes showed that he can contribute whenever called upon. The Sixers need to sign Luc Richard Mbah a Moute this off-season. People reading this are probably asking why.  Two reasons and one is huge. Joel and Luc are best friends. They are both from the same country and having him return to Philly would be awesome. The guy has way to long of a name to write but he shot close to 40% from three last year and is a solid defender. The partnership is highly ideal and would help the Sixers in more ways than one.

The biggest issue that the Sixers face is injuries. Ben Simmons hasn’t played a game yet and Embiid played 31 games in 3 years. That’s insane and scary at the same time. Fultz has suffered a not so serious knee injury last season and hopefully that’s all that it will ever be.When healthy the Sixers are a super team on paper. Maybe not now because of the inexperience but playoffs are bound to happen this year and beating the Cavs in the Eastern Conference Finals next season. This is what Sam Hinkie was put on Earth for to be the Sixers GM. He may not be there now but Trusting The Process has never been stronger. Instead of beetlejuice beetlejuice beetlejuice in Philly it’s Super Team Super Team Super Team.