Mike Scott sees Bucks, Nets as the two teams who can challenge Sixers for Eastern Conference supremacy next season
The East is wide-open after Kawhi Leonard left the Toronto Raptors for the Los Angeles Clippers. The Sixers lost Jimmy Butler and JJ Redick this offseason, but signed All-Star big man Al Horford and acquired shooting guard Josh Richardson from the Miami Heat in the Butler sign-and-trade deal.
The Bucks, led by MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, had the best record in the East last season. The Nets, meanwhile, signed Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and DeAndre Jordan this summer. Even though Durant is expected to miss the entire 2019-20 season, Scott and the Sixers know the Nets will still be contenders.
“I feel like this is a great opportunity for us, of course, we’re not sleeping on the East, we’re not sleeping on anyone,” Scott said, via Sixers Wire. “Milwaukee, Brooklyn, but I feel like it’s exciting for us. Big challenge, but I feel like we’re ready.”
“Milwaukee’s always with Bud (coach Mike Budenholzer) and Giannis, they’re always going to be one of the top teams in the league, not even the East, the league. I feel like Brooklyn got stronger even with KD getting hurt, they still got Kyrie and Taurean (Prince) will play good there. They still have (Spencer) Dinwiddie and (Caris) LeVert. So those teams, if I’m missing any I’m sorry, but I know those teams definitely stick out.
“Like I said, I always take the humble approach. I always respect our opponents, but those two right now stand out to me.”
Many believe the Sixers and Bucks will meet in the 2020 Eastern Conference Finals. The Nets will likely be title contenders in 2020-21 once Durant is back.
As is the case every season, the Sixers will go as far as Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons can take them.