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The 2020 offseason was characterized by some major changes for the Philadelphia 76ers. Perhaps most significantly was the team's decision to part ways with long-time head coach Brett Brown, who himself was an integral part of The Process in Philly. Brown departs Philadelphia after seven seasons at the helm with a 221-344 record.
In his place, the Sixers brought on former Los Angeles Clippers’ head man Doc Rivers as the organization's new head coach. Rivers was one of the most high-profile names in the market, and the Sixers made sure to pounce on the opportunity to bring on a former NBA champion coach to Philly.
Notably, the Sixers also added Daryl Morey, former GM of the Houston Rockets, to the front office, naming him as the team's new president of basketball operations. Morey has made a name in the league as an executive, whose high-risk moves often pay dividends for his squad.
For the Sixers, this came in a number of offseason trades which pretty much revamped the squad. Out went Josh Richardson and rookie Tyler Bey, who were both sent to the Dallas Mavericks in exchange for Seth Curry.
Philly also parted ways with Al Horford and his albatross contract, sending him to the Oklahoma City Thunder along with rookie Theo Maledon, Vasilije Micic, and a future first-round pick. In exchange, the Sixers acquired Danny Green, Terrance Ferguson, and Vincent Poirier.
The Sixers also made a splash in free agency by signing newly-crowned NBA champ Dwight Howard on a one-year deal worth $2.6 million.
Philly drafted a trio of bright prospects in the draft, with 21st overall pick Tyrese Maxey leading the way. The Sixers also brought on Isiah Joe (49th) and Paul Reed (58th).
The most important thing for the Sixers is that, in spite of rumors swirling, they were able to (or decided to) keep both Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons in Philadelphia. Their two superstars are joined by Seth Curry, Danny Green, and Tobias Harris in the starting five.
Shake Milton will continue his campaign as the team's Sixth Man this season, with Mike Scott, Furkan Korkmaz, Howard, Matisse Thybulle, and rookies Maxey and Joe.
The 76ers were not really an exceptional team on the offensive end last season. Philly averaged 110.7 points per game, which ranks just 20th in the entire league.
The Sixers ranked just 24th in the NBA in terms of field goal attempts per game at 87.9. The good news is that they were very efficient with their shots, making 46.8 percent of their attempts (ninth).
Philly did not have a myriad of three-point specialists on their squad, which resulted in just 31.6 attempts from distance per game (23rd). They made 11.1 triples per contest (19th) on a 36.8-percent clip (ninth).
The Sixers were more comfortable taking their shots from within the three-point line, attempting 56.3 two-pointers per contest (11th), making 52.4 percent of them (15th). They scored 47.5 points in the paint per contest. This team logged 10.5 offensive boards as a team (10th), resulting in 13.1 second chance points per game.
Philadelphia were also mediocre in terms of their free-throw attempts per game. They went to the line 22.4 times per contest (21st), and they went just 75.5 percent as a team (21st).
One of the things the Sixers did well last season was to move the ball around. They logged 25.8 assists per game, which was eighth in the NBA. This also ranked eighth in the league in terms of the percentage of assisted baskets (62.8 percent).
They also kept possession of the ball relatively well, averaging just 14.2 turnovers per contest (10th).
All in all, the 76ers recorded a 110.7 offensive rating, which is 14th in the league. This was a good representation of how they were a run-of-the-mill team offensively.
Defensively, the Sixers were a formidable force. Ben Simmons served as a key cog on the defensive end, with the two-time All-Star earning his first call up to the All-Defensive 1st Team. Joel Embiid, a two-time All-Defensive team member, secured the paint for Philadelphia.
The 76ers collected 35.0 defensive rebounds per game (14th). Their 45.4 total boards per contest ranked 11th in the NBA.
The Sixers logged 8.0 steals per contest (ninth), and this was thanks to Simmons’ league-leading 2.1 steals per game. However, they forced their opponents to just 13.8 turnovers per game, which is all the way at 23rd in the league.
Philadelphia allowed their opponents just 86.0 attempts per contest, which impressively ranked fourth in the NBA. Their opponents made 46.3 percent of their shots (16th). In terms of opponents' three-pointers, the Sixers allowed the least attempts in the league at just 29.4 per game. On average, opposing teams scored 108.4 points on the Sixers (sixth).
The Sixers logged 20.9 fouls per game (16th), sending their opponents to the line 24.5 times per contest (10th).
Another very impressive feat by the Sixers last season was how they allowed their opponents just 41.8 total rebounds per game, which ranked first in the entire league. 8.6 of this came on the offensive end (first), while 33.2 were defensive boards (fifth). They allowed just 11.6 second chance points (third) to opposing teams.
Philly's 5.3 blocks per contest is ninth in the NBA. Their opponents averaged 48.1 points in the paint per game (15th).
The Sixers ranked eighth in the entire NBA in terms of their defensive rating, which was at 108.4 last season.
76ers head coach Doc Rivers has one NBA championship as a head coach. His career record is 942-681. He was 355-208 in seven seasons with the Clippers before joining Philadelphia in 2020. Rivers led the Boston Celtics to an NBA title in the 2007-08 season, with the team beating the Los Angeles Lakers in six games.
He started his coaching career in 1999 as head coach of the Orlando Magic, winning the NBA Coach of the Year award in 2000. He spent five seasons in Orlando before becoming Celtics coach in 2014. Rivers took the Clippers' job in 2013.
He's a former NBA All-Star player who played for the Clippers, Atlanta Hawks, New York Knicks, and San Antonio Spurs. Rivers was a standout in college at Marquette, where he has his No. 31 jersey retired by the school.
Philadelphia's most recent signing came in the form of 6-foot-6 wingman Justin Anderson. The 27-year-old signed a two-year deal with the Sixers is worth $4.0 million.
Last season, Anderson plied his trade with the Brooklyn Nets. In 10 games played, he averaged 2.8 points and 2.1 rebounds in 10.7 minutes per contest. However, shortly before the 2020-21 season, he was waived.
Philadelphia’s last major signing was Dwight Howard.
With not much cap room available, the Sixers weren't expected to make a splash in free agency during the offseason. Nonetheless, the addition of newly-crowned NBA champ Dwight Howard on a one-year deal worth just $2.6 million was a significant development for Philly. Howard is no longer the dominant All-Star he once was, but he adds some much needed depth to the 76ers' frontcourt.
Other free agents that were linked to the Sixers included Alec Burks, Kyle Korver, Isaiah Thomas, D.J. Augustin, and Trey Burke.
The Sixers made a few significant moves in the offseason, which will have major implications on their squad for the coming season.
Their latest trade transaction centered around Al Horford, who they sent to the Oklahoma City Thunder along with Vasilije Micic, Theo Maledon, a 2020 second-round pick, and a 2025 first-round pick. In exchange, the Thunder sent Danny Green, Terrance Ferguson, and Vincent Poirier to Philadelphia.
The 1966-67 Sixers has to go down as the greatest lineup in franchise history. Aside from winning the title that year -- defeating the San Francisco Warriors 4-2 in the Finals -- this team also amassed 62 wins that season, which still stands as the most regular-season wins in franchise history.
Wilt Chamberlain was the centerpiece of that squad, but he also had the great Hal Greer playing alongside him. Wali Jones, Chet Walker, and Luke Jackson represented the other members of the starting five.
Larry Costello, Bill Mellchioni, and Dave Gambee were a few other notable names from that memorable squad.
The Sixers did a commendable job in clearing some cap room for the upcoming season by primarily trading away Al Horford and the $27.5 million he is owed next season. Philadelphia sent the former All-Star big man to the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for Danny Green, Terrance Ferguson, and Vincent Poirier, who combine for roughly $21.9 million in salaries. Moreover, Philly also sent Josh Richardson ($10.8 million) to the Dallas Mavericks in exchange for Seth Curry ($7.8 million).
Once you factor in all of the 76ers' guaranteed contracts for 2020-21, however, this team is likely still going to operate over the cap for the coming season, with a possible luxury tax bill forthcoming.
One of the most important issues newly-hired head coach Doc Rivers needs to address is the team's rotation. This includes Philly's Sixth Man, which, based on history, is something that Rivers considers to be an important aspect of his teams.
The 76ers can go ahead and sign a new player this offseason to serve as the team's new Sixth Man, but they could also go with a player that's already on their roster -- Shake Milton.
The incoming third year combo guard was outstanding for the Sixers last season, averaging 9.4 points, 2.2 rebounds, and 2.6 assists, while knocking down 1.5 triples per game on a 43.0-percent clip. His numbers, however, do not tell the whole story. Milton broke out when Ben Simmons went down, and he went on a five-game scoring binge where he averaged 22.0 points per game -- including a 39-point gem of a performance against Rivers' Clippers.
Milton is far from a finished product, but he also has the makings of a formidable defender. If given the chance, he could prove to be a great Sixth Man for the Sixers.
In a perfect world where there are no injury concerns for any of their top guys, the Sixers figure to send out a starting five of Ben Simmons, Seth Curry, Danny Green, Tobias Harris, and Joel Embiid, with Shake Milton and Dwight Howard playing prominent roles off the bench.