76ers on a roll

The Sixers and Joel Embiid are dominating the East and are looking to go deep into the playoffs



Colin Zavacky, Sports Editor

The Philadelphia 76ers are currently standing at the No. 1 spot in the Eastern Conference of the NBA. They’ve had some good seasons in recent years, but not one quite as promising as this. With Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons in good shape, they are looking to make a run deep into the playoffs.

They have acquired quite some talent over the offseason, such as shooting guard Seth Curry, brother of Stephen Curry. He, along with Danny Green, have held it down from beyond the arc this year, as they are two of the league’s most well-known 3-point shooters.

Another addition to the team over the offseason was Dwight Howard, who previously won a championship with the Lakers. Although he isn’t the best player, all he needs to be is a solid backup for Embiid when he needs a break or when they’re winning by a lot. Howard is a veteran and is helpful in leading the team and showing the younger guys how things are done.

If they keep playing the way they’ve been playing, they should not have a problem getting to the Eastern Conference Championship, but they will perhaps face the toughest series of the year. That series will most likely be against the Brooklyn Nets who most consider to be a super team.

With three of the top ten players in the NBA: Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant, and James Harden look to glide to theEastern Conference Championship. The Sixers have beaten them two out of three times in their regular season matchups. But in some of those games there have been injuries and both teams haven’t been at their full potential.

So, come playoff time when both teams have all of their starters back, it is going to be a battle and the Sixers are going to have to play their hearts out to make it to the finals.

As for Joel Embiid, the leader of the team, he is having the best season of his career so far as he is one of the MVP front runners for the regular season. He is averaging 30 points, 11 rebounds, and 3 assists per game. These types of numbers are what helped Philadelphia get to the number one spot in the Eastern Conference.

As long as Embiid stays healthy and keeps on playing his game and putting up the numbers he has all season, the Sixers will look to have a great season and hopefully make a deep run into the playoffs.