PHILADELPHIA PA--(August 9, 2019)(Gloucestercitynews.net)--After their heartbreak of losing 3-4 to Toronto Raptors in last season’s Eastern Conference semi-finals, fans of Philadelphia 76ers can take heart from the fact that the basketball team are looking even better for claiming the NBA title in the
The 2019/20 NBA season will begin on October 22, and Brett Brown’s team will be desperate to continue their strong run of form. It has been nearly 40 years since the 76ers last won the Championship title all the way back in 1983. But the early indications are that the 76ers are amongst the top five teams tipped to win the NBA this season.
At the moment the basketball odds, presented by oddspedia show that the Philadelphia 76ers are just behind Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Milwaukee Bucks and Houston Rockets in the running to win the NBA Championship in 2019/20.
In addition to this, Forbes magazine recently ran a story that the 76ers are widely projected to finish their regular season campaign with a 59-23 record and should top the Eastern Conference.
So what’s the reason for this new-found confidence at the Wells Fargo Center? The arrival of Al Horford from Boston Celtics will provide a huge boost to the team. The five-time All Star player is renowned for his hard work ethic and leadership skills, and he is by far one of the best NBA frontcourt players.
Horford was in dynamic form for the Boston Celtics last season and his statistics were only equalled by the likes of Giannis Antetokounmpo. The star will be playing in the number 42 shirt for the 76ers, and there look to be more additions to the team that could have a big impact this season.
Josh Richardson recently came to the team from Miami and he is widely expected to fill the shoes of Jimmy Butler. The swap-and-trade deal will show that Richardson’s offensive skills could surpass the likes of Butler who was in decent form last season but lacked the consistency to take things to the next level.
It remains to be seen how the 76ers will cope with the loss of the sharpshooting skills of JJ Reddick. The veteran went to New Orleans Pelicans and his excellent percentage from deep will certainly be missed. Although there is hope that Ben Simmons might be able to create some decent jump shots, this is an area that could need some work.
Thankfully Josh Richardson should be able to work some magic from the deep. Not only will he make sure that other teams have their hands full with his shooting skills, but he could also open up some space for Simmons. Richardson certainly lit up the recent game against Golden State Warriors where his eight three-pointers turned the match around.
Behind the scenes, the 76ers will be missing some of their coaching staff next season. Alongside absences from the likes of Lloyd Pierce, Monty Williams and Billy Lange, it looks like the team will be losing their strength and conditioning coach. Todd Wright will be leaving the 76ers to head to the Los Angeles Clippers, and Brett Brown has already been quick to make amends for such losses.
Drew Jones will be coming onboard as the new player development coach, and Ime Udoka will join the team from the San Antonio Spurs. All of which shows that the Philadelphia 76ers are keeping themselves busy in the off-season and it looks like they could be in line for an even better season next time around.
If you want an early glimpse at how the 76ers are shaping up, then you can check out the team in the recently released pre-season schedule. October 8 sees the team playing the Chinese side Guangzhou Loong-Lions, and this is followed up by a visit to the Charlotte Hornets on October 11.
From here, the 76ers will take on Orlando Magic on October 13, before two final matches against Detroit Pistons on October 15, and Washington Wizards on October 18. All of which means that the new-look Philadelphia 76ers are heading for what could be a very memorable season.