Through the first several weeks of this offseason, there are has been plenty of movement in the Eastern Conference that saw many of the top superstar stars head to the Western Conference.
In light of that, Hall of Famer Charles Barkley voiced to CSN Philly that he believes the Philadelphia 76ers will certainly make the playoffs this upcoming season.
“The playoffs are a definite for the Sixers this year,” Barkley said to CSN’s Danny Pommells from the American Century Championship in Lake Tahoe.
Through the last few drafts, the 76ers have constructed a young and promising roster. This includes the core group led by several first-round picks in Joel Embiid, Markelle Fultz, Dario Saric, and Ben Simmons. The front office has also added a couple of proven veterans in J.J. Redick and Amir Johnson, who could both play huge roles on the team.
However, much of this will be dependent on the development of their young core group and above all else their ability to remain relatively healthy throughout an entire season. Along those lines, if Embiid can pick up where he left off last season before suffering his knee injury, it could provide the 76ers with the foundational player to build around.
These would also help ease the transition for both Simmons and Fultz in their first full seasons in the league to quickly find their roles on the team and become major contributors. Although there are plenty of things that would have to fall in place, it's clear that Philadelphia has a chance to finally break through and get back into the playoff picture for the first time in six seasons.