The Philadelphia 76ers have been the laughingstock of the NBA for the last three seasons largely on purpose. It was all part of the “trust the process” movement that general manager Sam Hinkie espoused. Building through the draft and collecting as many young attractive assets and draft picks as possible, while not cluttering up your cap space with large contracts for veterans.
Well, Hinkie is now resigned, after Chairman of Basketball Operations Jerry Colangelo brought in his son Bryan to be the new general manager. Three years later, “the process” hasn’t seemed to yield much as the team is 10-68 this season after having won 18 and 19 games the past two years.
However, for as bad as the Sixers have looked this season, Ferrall, after seeing them play in person, thinks that there could be some long term pieces already in place in the city of brotherly love.
“There’s some there and they play hard and that’s a tribute to Brett Brown and the years that he’s overseen this,” said Philadelphia Daily News Sixers writer Bob Cooney on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench. “Although he doesn’t have NBA talent, he has those guys playing hard. These guys don’t match-up as far as talent goes, they’re not even close. The kind of rival a development league team, but when they get out on the court, they play as hard as they can, they don’t give up on the game. And you have to give credit to Brett Brown he does have those guys playing hard.”
“There are some pieces there,” said Cooney. “Jahlil Okafor, I think can be an offensive player in this league. Nerlens Noel, you have to see, is he a defensive presence? Yeah. There’s some other pieces that they can grow. But, this summer is the biggest thing. This is Jerry Colangelo and Bryan Colangelo’s biggest thing is this summer with the draft picks they have, this thing has to move forward now and that’s what this city is waiting for.”