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After several years of being one of the worst teams in the NBA, the Philadelphia 76ers have a chance to be a winning team for the first time in years.

The Sixers preseason will start Wednesday October 4th when they play the Memphis Grizzlies at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. The Regular season will start two weeks later on October 18 when the Sixers play the Washington Wizards in Washington, DC.

“Sixers in 4,” said senior Joe Lamelza.

During the NBA draft this June the Sixers picked Markelle Fultz with the number one draft pick. Fultz, who is 19 years old  played for the Washington Huskies and will be starting point guard for the Sixers come October.

Though the addition of Fultz is exciting for fans, they are also excited to see the first game of Ben Simmons, who will start as small forward. Simmons was drafted first overall by the Sixers in the 2016 NBA draft. Simmons sustained a foot injury, which held him from playing any games in the 2016-2017 regular season. In his single year at LSU, Simmons averaged 19.2 points and 11.8 rebounds per game.  

Other big additions to the Sixers included former Los Angeles Clippers shooting guard JJ Redick. Redick, who the Sixers agreed to a one year $23 million contract will be the starting shooting guard. While on the Clippers the 33 year old Redick averaged 15 points per game and was shooting 42.9 percent from the 3-point line. Redick is now in his 11th season and has a career 3-point shooting percentage of 41.5 and a true percentage of 59.7 ranking 14th and 23rd of all time.

The young rising star, Joel Embiid, will also be returning as the Sixers starting center after not being able to finish the 2016-17 regular season because of the meniscus tear in his left knee. Embiid was drafted 3rd pick in the 2014 draft by the Sixers but has been injury prone during his time in the NBA.

Dario Saric will again be the Sixers starting small forward and is the only player in the starting lineup who played the full 2016-2017 season with the team. During the 2016-2017 season Saric played 81 of 82 games, and averaged 12.8 points and 6.3 rebounds.

With the season fast approaching fans are excited for several regular season games like the Christmas day game against New York Knicks in New York. Other games that fans are anticipating are the two games against the Los Angeles Lakers. The first the will be played in Los Angeles on November 15th, and they will face each other again in Philadelphia on December 7th.

Fans are excited for this matchup because of drama between the two teams during the summer. Simmons tweeted after Lonzo Ball was Drafted to the Lakers , and Embiid later responded to the tweet.

“Crazy Pills,” said Simmons on Twitter on June 22.

“Please dunk on his so hard that his daddy runs on the court to save him” said Embiid on Twitter responding to the tweet from Simmons.
Though the Sixers starting lineup is almost completely new one of the reasons that the Sixers may win is because of the teams in the east. This off season many of the big name players signed with different teams or were trade, because of this several teams lost their best players. Former NBA MVP of 2011 Derrick Rose, the youngest player to ever receive the award, who played for the Knicks in the 2016-2017 season signed a deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Knicks also traded all star Carmelo Anthony to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Paul George, who played for the Indiana Pacers in the 2016-2017 season, also signed with the Thunder. One of the other big moves of an eastern conference player was the Chicago Bulls  buying out Dwyane Wade’s contract and him signing with the Cavaliers.

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A look into the 76ers season