What to think of the Sixers at the All-Star break?
A lot has changed since the start of their season, mainly the roster. Gone are Robert Covington, Dario Saric, Markelle Fultz (who possibly threw shade at the organization yesterday), and Landry Shamet. In are Jimmy Butler and Tobias Harris. Despite the unbelievable starting five, the bench still needs improvement. And the team hasn’t done anything in the buyout market so far since the trade deadline last week.
But the team is in 5th place in the Eastern Conference and 1-7 against Boston, Milwaukee, and Toronto. That one win came against the Raptors sans Kawhi Leonard, Serge Ibaka, and Jonas Valanciunas, so that doesn’t really count.
Right now, the Sixers aren’t an elite Eastern Conference team. I’d say they’re a very good team. If they can’t beat the teams above them, it doesn’t make them elite. They look great on paper and they’re all still meshing with each other. They have 24 games to at least get a first round home playoff series.
Elsewhere, Ben Simmons didn’t snatch his shoe from a fan. He gave it to a child. And you can also buy Sixers headphones.
The Roundup: Continue Reading