Trust the process. This has been the mantra that patient Philadelphia 76er fans have been muttering under their breath over the past three or four years. It has been a long time since 76er basketball was at all relevant and it has been even longer since the franchise was truly exciting on an annual basis. Well, it looks like both of those droughts has come to a halt. All of the sudden, Philadelphia is looking to be one of the youngest, most talented rosters in the entire NBA. The future is rapidly arriving and while the 76ers may not be ready for the Finals yet, they are certainly trending in that direction. In order to stay grounded, however, Philly’s young roster is leaning on the sage advice of their veteran talent.
Philadelphia’s young core of Ben Simmons, Markelle Fultz, and Joel Embiid has potential to be historic. We’re talking about a generational super-team filled with talent at the three most important positions on the basketball court. Add in the depth of elite young side-pieces like TJ McConnel and Dario Saric and you have the makings of something special. Ben Simmons says of their recent rivalry with OKC, “They have a lot of weapons. We have weapons, too.” He’s, of course, completely correct — but Philly shouldn’t be caught up in that kind of debate, not yet.
Instead, Philadelphia needs to continually rely on the sage advice that guys like JJ Redick, Amir Johnson, and Jerryd Bayless have to offer. This trio of veterans has been around the NBA and into situations that the rest of Philly’s young roster can’t even comprehend, not yet. In most NBA franchises, the youngsters are outnumbered by the seasoned veterans. That isn’t the case for the 76ers. Still, the young guys are turning to their older players. Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot says, “The veterans, they make an impact every day.” Cabarrot is a second-year forward who looks to be a part of Philadelphia’s rotation for the next couple of years, at least.
Philadelphia is looking primed for the future and having strong professional figures in the locker room is vital to that success. Philly proved that they are focusing on team-first guys by dealing Jahlil Okafor and Nerlens Noel, two top draft picks, in order to focus on their current roster. The future is bright in Philly for the first time in a long time.