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Charles Barkley rips Sixers, calls them the ‘Cleveland Browns of the NBA’

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Philadelphia 76ers legend Charles Barkley is not happy with what he’s seeing from the Sixers this season.

Barkley says the Sixers are soft and are like the “Cleveland Browns of the NBA.”

The Sixers entered Thursday with a record of 31-20. They are in sixth place in the Eastern Conference standings.

Before the season started, most pundits picked the Sixers to reach the East Finals. There’s still a lot of time left for Philly to get things together, but from what they have shown so far, it does not look like they will be able to make it deep into the postseason.

Both Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons do their damage in the paint. Embiid has no room to operate in the post playing next to Al Horford and Simmons because the Sixers don’t have enough guys on the perimeter who can stretch the floor and bring their defender outside of the paint.

How is Embiid supposed to dominate in the paint if he’s getting doubled team at every turn and there’s no space for him to operate? Simmons has no resemblance of a jump shot, while Tobias Harris and Horford aren’t consistent enough shooters to warrant Stephen Curry-like defense on the perimeter.

The Boston Celtics, Miami Heat and Toronto Raptors are all better than Philly. Not to mention the Milwaukee Bucks, who appear like they are going to cruise through the East playoffs.

The Sixers acquired Alec Burks and Glen Robinson III from the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday. We’ll see if those moves are enough to help Philly get on track and prove Charles Barkley wrong.