The Philadelphia 76ers are showing that they can play with anyone and beat them convincingly. They’re still among the league’s worst teams, but they are showing glimpses that they are the most dangerous team in the NBA. The biggest question is whether drafting a top pick or signing a marquee free agent will help now that they are figuring out how to win.
The current four-game winning streak could just be something short-lived, or they could be in for something big this season. Either way, the Sixers are better off focusing on winning their games and building their chemistry. After all, chemistry outweighs have a team full of superstars.
Teams such as the defending champion Miami Heat are having some issues with chemistry this season, as they’ve been showing early on this season. They’re playing well now, but not as well as they should be, while a team like the Golden State Warriors have their chemistry together and are 9-1 in the last 10 games.
The Sixers might need to make a few roster upgrades, but they don’t need to do it with Andrew Wiggins or Jabari Parker, although drafting either player would be nice. Tanking shouldn’t purposely be at the fore-front of ruining something more important coaches can’t teach, and that is chemistry. Coaches can only do so much to put the X’s and O’s together, but it’s the players who ultimately have to put those plays into effect.
Coach Brett Brown is one of the best head coaches to put the plays together, so the Sixers will need to follow his instructions and buy into his winning culture he brought from the San Antonio Spurs. Plus, Wiggins or Parker may take away from the rest of the supporting cast of the roster, as the Sixers will become heavily dependent on either player or a free agent like Lebron James.
Parker and Wiggins will also need time to adjust even if they make an immediate impact. They may not even have as impressive of a rookie season as Michael Carter-Williams is having. The Sixers also have some players waiting in the wing who will be as crucial as adding a top pick or free agent in promising center Nerlens Noel and Arsalan Kazemi, who is training overseas.