The Process Is Paying Off: Playoffs Clinched After 6 Years

◼️ They have just signed their first season of 82 games with a positive balance in 13 years. They have youth and a titular quintet that presents some incredible numbers.

Josh Harris, the owner of the Sixers, says in an interview in this newspaper that the goal for this season was for the Process to begin to bear fruit. A little more than two weeks before the end of the regular season, Philadelphia has secured its first ticket to the playoffs in 6 years. After falling in the second round 2012 against the Celtics, began a long reconstruction (six consecutive seasons with negative balance) built by Sam Hinkie and baptized as The Process.

The end of the tunnel is getting closer. The first halos of light appear over the horizon. With the exception of the aforementioned 2011-12 (a campaign reduced to 66 matches by the last lockout or lockout), this course will go down in history as the first in which the historic franchise ends with a balance of more than 50% of victories in a course of 82 games since 2004-05. Moreover, to win eight of their last ten commitments, the Sixers (42-30 right now) would reach the 50-win barrier for the first time since 2001. Year in which, with Allen Iverson at the controls, played their last Finals.

They are heading in the right direction. The future looks even better. Failing to know how to close the file Markelle Fultz (the ball is on his roof: Brett Brown recently announced that the number one of the 2017 draft will play again when he deems appropriate), the reality dictates that the Sixers have one of the youngest nuclei of the last decades. According to the data collected in an article published last weekend at The Inquirer in Philadelphia, since the triple was established in the NBA (1979-80) there had been only four previous cases of teams that in the same season had three players under 24 years of age and those in the first or second year who in turn averaged, each, a minimum of 30 minutes. Although with nuances (Embiid went blank his first two years due to injury and Saric made a professional career in Europe), the fifth star Joel Embiid, Dario Saric and Ben Simmons in the last seven games averaged 12.7 points, 10 , 4 rebounds, 11.6 assists and 2 steals. The current Lakers extend the list to six. Of all of them, Philly will be the only one who got a trip through the qualifiers for the ring.

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