By Nay Kamari
For the past few losing years, the Philadelphia 76ers have been implementing the motto “trust the process” to keep discouraged fans on board with the team as the young squad rebuilds themselves into hopeful championship contenders. This offseason looked promising for the Sixers, as they snagged first pick Markelle Fultz, who is out indefinitely for injured shoulder, and are finally utilizing Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid.
The new season started off rocky for Philly, as they lost their first three games. They are now a .500 team (4-4) and last night, we possibly caught a glimpse of the team’s bright future.
The Sixers managed to pull out their fourth win of the season against the Atlanta Hawks (1-7) at home. We can thank Simmons and Embiid for this outcome. Just four games into his career, Simmons notched his first triple double (21p-12r-10a) against the Pistons, and was one assist shy of another last night (19p-13r-9a).
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LeBron James on the young star’s achievement:
“It’s the first of many for him,” said James. “He’s a triple threat, ability to score in transition, rebound, and pass the ball. His passing is his best quality and high basketball IQ. So it’s the first of many triple-doubles for the young guy.”
“It’s awesome to have a triple-double, but at the same time, it’s even better to have a win,” Simmons said. Simmons was the No. 1 pick of the 2016 draft and was inactive last year due to injury. He was two assists shy of a triple-double on Saturday night against Toronto.
Joel Embiid has also been a vital piece to Philadelphia’s recent wins. After he sat out on Saturday against Toronto (left knee), he managed to average 24 points over the last four games.
Robert “RoCo” Covington had an extraordinary game last night offensively. He led the Sixers in scoring (22p), 6 for 11 beyond the arch, and helped Philly grab their first home win.
The Sixers’ next match up is against the Indiana Pacers (5-3) at home tomorrow 11/3. Is the process working enough to pull out another win?