Now or never? Big things expected from Embiid, Harden and Maxey in big upcoming season for 76ers

TORONTO, ON - APRIL 28: Joel Embiid #21 and Tyrese Maxey #0 stand over James Harden #1 of the Philadelphia 76ers during the second half of Game Six of the Eastern Conference First Round against the Toronto Raptors at Scotiabank Arena on April 28, 2022 in Toronto, Canada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Cole Burston/Getty Images)

After a forgettable end to their postseason campaign last season, the Philadelphia 76ers have improved over the offseason and are again nicely positioned to right the wrongs of previous years. Joel Embiid is a top-three MVP candidate, James Harden a perennial All-Star and Tyrese Maxey their burgeoning young star. So how are their fortunes going to change this term?
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Redemption time? Philadelphia 76ers sign free agent big man Montrezl Harrell to two-year, $5.2m deal

Montrezl Harrell of the Charlotte Hornets dunks past Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers during the first quarter at Wells Fargo Center on April...

Per an ESPN report earlier today, it has been confirmed that free agent big man Montrezl Harrell will join Doc Rivers and co in Philadelphia. Having most recently played with the Charlotte Hornets, the 2019-20 Sixth Man of the Year has a player option in the second year and will look to rebuild his reputation after a down 24 months as well as a marijuana charge.
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After agreeing reduced $68.6m deal, will 76ers and Harden hum along into true title contention?

James Harden of the Philadelphia 76ers reacts against the Miami Heat during the first half in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Semifinals at FTX...

Details of James Harden’s two-year contract extension with the Philadelphia 76ers emerged overnight, confirming what was first reported: the 10-time All-Star guard agreed a reduced deal to help the franchise sign more quality players in their attempt to go all-out for a NBA championship charge this coming season. Will his bullish comments prove prophetic or not? Continue reading

Joel Embiid’s masterful Milwaukee night reinforces his MVP credentials, with Harden to come

Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers is defended by Bobby Portis of the Milwaukee Bucks during the second half of a game at Fiserv Forum on February...

Leading the league in points per game and posting a monstrous 42-point double-double against the defending champion Milwaukee Bucks overnight, Joel Embiid is a clear MVP favourite before this All-Star break. With James Harden still to integrate after last week’s big trade, how will the dynamics shift as the big man hopes to end years of playoff frustration? Continue reading

76ers’ guard Tyrese Maxey focused on making incremental improvements

Tyrese Maxey of the Philadelphia 76ers looks on during the game against the Atlanta Hawks during the 2021 Las Vegas Summer League on August 12, 2021...

Even with a Ben Simmons-shaped cloud hanging over the Sixers, there are positives for them to take into training camp next month. Coming off a promising rookie season where he played 61 games for Doc Rivers’ Philadelphia 76ers team, shooting guard Tyrese Maxey is focused on making developments to get 1% better everyday ahead of his second season in Philadelphia.
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Even after everything, 76ers’ high asking price for Ben Simmons isn’t a surprise

Ben Simmons of the Philadelphia 76ers handles the ball against the Atlanta Hawks during Round 2, Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Playoffs on June...

Even after everything – including a forgettable postseason – the 76ers have a high asking price for any interested suitors looking to take advantage of Ben Simmons’ situation in Philadelphia. Considering he’s a three-time All-Star, two-time All-Defensive team selection and only turned 25 last week, this latest news update on his future shouldn’t be surprising despite his struggles. Continue reading

NBA Previews: Philadelphia 76ers vs Boston Celtics, Indiana Pacers entertain Dallas Mavericks

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Two more NBA match previews as the Philadelphia 76ers (9-5) attempt to bounce back from their narrow defeat in Memphis against Eastern Conference rivals Boston (8-4), while the Indiana Pacers continue life without Victor Oladipo, hosting Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks, who have been unpredictable to start the regular season. Which sides will prevail? Continue reading

NBA Previews: Philadelphia 76ers vs Charlotte Hornets, Magic host Cavaliers

Philadelphia 76ers Playing Faster, Defending Better Under Doc Rivers

Two more NBA match previews as the Philadelphia 76ers (5-1) attempt to earn successive victories over the Charlotte Hornets (2-4), while two Eastern Conference sides with 4-2 records to start the new season clash as the Orlando Magic host a Cleveland Cavaliers team who have caught critics by surprise so far. Who will start the new week with wins in their games? Continue reading

NBA Previews: Pacers-Cavaliers, Wizards-Bulls and Magic-76ers on New Year’s Eve

3 observations: Joel Embiid heroics pushes Sixers past Raptors at home

Read on for three NBA previews ahead of New Year’s Eve, as the 2020-21 season continues. Philadelphia will hope for another big performance by their star center Joel Embiid away to the unbeaten Orlando Magic (4-0), while Indiana and Washington target responses after suffering preventable defeats in their respective games against the Cavaliers and Chicago Bulls next. Continue reading

Playoff Preview: Los Angeles Clippers vs Denver Nuggets – Who takes Game 1?

Denver Nuggets vs. Los Angeles Clippers odds, picks and best bets

After a stunning Game 7 finale win against the Jazz on Tuesday night, rest is in short supply for Denver as they prepare to face a well-rested Los Angeles Clippers side tonight in Game 1 of the Western Conference semi-finals. Are Michael Malone’s side capable of snatching an early lead in a matchup where the odds are stacked against them? Or will the Clippers prove too strong? Continue reading