The Philadelphia 76ers are playing some great basketball early in the regular season. They have one of the best records in the NBA with four victories and a single loss. They have continued their prime form against the Hornets tonight.
The 76ers lead the Hornets 73-58 at halftime. The Doc Rivers led team has been impressive in integrating new shooters Seth Curry and Danny Green alongside the three of Tobias Harris, Joel Embiid, and Ben Simmons.
Harris has had a hot start to the game as he has scored 17 points already despite being only 18 minutes on the court and is 7-11 in shooting.
Tobias Harris takes off against the Hornets
With four minutes left on the clock until the end of the first quarter, Tobias Harris just took off against the Hornets. Harris hit a brutal dunk on Hornets’ Bismack Biyombo and Terry Rozier.
The 28-year-old is looking to make a statement in the new-look 76ers. After a dismal 2019-20 season, Harris finally looks like he is a proper fit alongside Embiid and Co. The Sixers will hope that he can carry on this form and cement himself as their starting forward.
Are the Philadelphia 76ers favorites in the East?
Philly last season had a very disappointing 2019-20 season. With the duo of Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid crashing out in the very first round of the playoff.
With a new head coach in Doc Rivers and a new executive in Daryl Morey, the Sixers have turned it all around with a couple of superb moves. The biggest problem area was the lack of good shooters. Without shooters, the Sixers could not space the floor effectively, which made Simmons’ job as a distributor a very big problem.
The other issue for the team was ineffective players on huge contracts. Players like Al Horford and Josh Richardson are good players but did not fit into the existing 76ers system.
Morey immediately got to work as he traded in Danny Green from the OKC Thunder for Al Horford. The 76ers also traded in the best shooter in the league, Seth Curry from the Dallas Mavericks for Josh Richardson. These two moves have worked wonders for the Sixers.
Under Doc Rivers, Philly are playing much more fluid basketball and also finding other players like Tobias Harris chipping in with points in the offensive end.
The 76ers look like a much better side with all these additions. They might not have added big stars, but they have addressed all the problem areas. The effect has been instant. For now, they see themselves at the top of the Eastern Conference. It will be intriguing to see how they perform against a top team like the Lakers or the Nets.
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