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76ers Abandon the Process

Posted by Jay Sanin on 2/28/2017 7:05:59 AM

For years, the Philadelphia 76ers have spoken about trusting their process, in hopes of building a strong team in the future. But the team's vision for the future rings hollow when you see the team make the trade it did at this year's trade deadline, sending Nerlens Noel out of the team in exchange for nothing of immediate value. And with the Sixers' odds to win the NBA Finals in the toilet still, one has to ask if the Process will ever yield results.

Sixers Trade Nerlens Noel

Nerlens Noel was one of the promising young players for the Philadelphia 76ers this season, who combined nicely with big man Joel Embiid to make a formidable pairing of bigs on par with any tandem in the NBA, including that of DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis in New Orleans. Now, Embiid will be forced to carry the load as a big man by himself, as the Sixers have cast Noel off for pieces that promise no return on investment.

Noel was sent out of the team, while fellow big Jahlil Okafor was kept around, which is a huge disappointment to Sixers fans given how ineffective he has been during his tenure in Philadelphia. Okafor doesn't have the size or athleticism to be an elite big man in the NBA, and that has shown, whereas Noel was at least a serviceable player early in his career. This move is inexplicable for the Sixers, and speaks to why they have had so much trouble as of late.

Philadelphia 76ers NBA Futures Betting

There is approximately zero chance of the Philadelphia 76ers winning the NBA Finals. Philadelphia sits at +50000 odds to win the title this season, which is generous given just how bad they have been this season. When you factor in Nerlens Noel being shipped out of the team while inferior players like Okafor are kept around speaks to just how little chance the team has to win it all.

As usual, the Sixers will have to trust the process and hope that future years will yield high draft picks and the talented players that they need in order to turn around what is yet another disastrous campaign.

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