There has been some growing optimism surrounding the Philadelphia 76ers this offseason centered on the belief that they can finally snap their five-year playoff drought.
Hall of Famer and former 76er great Allen Iverson is also now among those who envision the team earning a playoff berth this upcoming season, according to Jake Fischer of Sports Illustrated.
“But I mean, our direction, man, our future is bright, you know what I mean? All that young talent, throw a couple veteran guys in there with them young boys, and teach ‘em the way, we gonna be fine. I see us going to the playoffs this year.”
Iverson’s prediction comes only a few days after fellow Hall of Famer Charles Barkley stated that the 76ers are “definitely” making the playoffs. Philadelphia has missed out on postseason play in each of the last five seasons. This includes losing more than 50 games in the last four straight years while topping 60 losses three times over that stretch.
The Eastern Conference has become more wide open with Jimmy Butler, Paul George, and Paul Millsap all heading West. However, it will be dependent on the play and development of their young core group around promising talent in Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, and Markelle Fultz along with the offseason addition of veteran guard J.J. Redick.
If the 76ers can experience some significant development from their core group while remaining relatively healthy throughout an entire season, making the playoffs could become a realistic goal.