Sixers President Daryl Morey gets honest on ‘championship or bust’ season with Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons
Philadelphia 76ers president of basketball operations Daryl Morey gave a straightforward answer about his expectations for the team in the 2020-21 campaign. After making significant changes in the offseason, the former longtime Rockets executive said it’s either a championship or bust type of situation for the Sixers, per John Clark of NBC Philadelphia.
“I think we’re pretty championship or bust. Doc Rivers has won a title. I haven’t gotten there yet. I think we have a very good chance.”
Morey, of course, has been lauded around the league for using analytics to turn the Rockets into perennial contenders over the last few years. He has brought the same approach to Philly this year and it has worked wonders so far. With new head coach Doc Rivers calling the shots on the floor, the once underachieving Sixers team has raced to a conference-best 12-6 slate.
A big reason for their uprise is Joel Embiid taking that leap to superstardom and putting his name in early MVP considerations. The Cameroonian center has been dominant for the Sixers so far, tallying 27.7 points, 11.5 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.3 steals, and 1.4 blocks in their first 14 games.
Making the Sixers’ feat even more impressive is the fact that their other All-Star, Ben Simmons, has regressed a bit this year following those endless trade rumors. Morey, meanwhile, has already brought in shooters like Seth Curry and Danny Green at the beginning of the season to address their spacing issues. Given the assets that they currently have, the Sixers are expected to be even bigger players before the trade deadline next month.