In the mass scale of perception, the Philadelphia 76ers have managed to overachieve during the first season of completing The Process, with rookie Ben Simmons and talisman Joel Embiid finally joining forces on the court.

A record of 54-28 and a stout third seed in the East was much more than fans had envisioned, showing their potential by topping a tough Miami Heat squad 4-1 in the first round.

The 7-footer compared himself and Simmons to another dynamic duo of the last decade, noting this team has gone much further than they did back in the day.

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“I was thinking about it, just looking at [Kevin Durant] and [Russell] Westbrook, what they did their first season,” Embiid said, according to ESPN’s Kevin Arnovitz. “I think they only won 28 games or something like that. Look at how well we did. We have a bright future.”

“Like, at the end of the game, [Simmons] came up to me, and he showed me his hands, and he was like, ‘There are going to be rings on these.’ And I was like, ‘For sure.’ So we have a bright future, and we’re going to be fine.”

Simmons and Embiid are not short on confidence, but they will have to put together an even more fearsome chemistry to make it past this stage of the postseason after being bested by a short-handed, but well-coached team in the Boston Celtics.

The future sure looks promising, and keeping the right pieces in place might be even more beneficial than making changes, allowing this core to grow stronger with each game played.