The Philadelphia 76ers organization is one of the oldest professional basketball organizations in American Sports. The 76ers originally began play as the Syracuse Nationals in 1946. In 1963 they moved to Philadelphia and became the 76ers. Back in the day, before modern free agency and the attractive big bright lights of the big cities took over, the 76ers were one of the NBA’ elite teams. From 1950-1971, they made the NBA playoffs every season.
After missing the playoffs four years in a row, they once again made the playoffs every year from 1976-1991. Throughout their history the 76ers have won the NBA Championship three times- 1955, 1967, and 1983. In total, the 76ers have also won the Eastern Conference nine times, the last coming in 2001. Since 1983, the 2001 season has been their lone bright spot. For the most part, the 76ers have been stuck in mediocrity since 1983, the year of their last NBA Championship.
Despite the lack of success, there is hope though. The 76ers are going through a massive rebuilding project right now, and have already acquired some promising young talent. Even though he isn’t playing this season due to a foot injury, Joel Embid is one of those young players. Nerlens Noel is another one. Glenn Robinson III and Tony Wroten are two others that show a lot of promise as well. It may not won’t happen this season, it may not happen next season, but eventually, the 76ers will rise again.
The Philadelphia 76ers, the NBA's current example of a team that is trying to rebuild through the draft, had a bad, but somewhat expected 2015-2016 season. They finished the season 10-72, good for the worst record in the NBA, by a large margin. The 76ers once again ended up with the number one draft choice, and this time, they used it on small forward Ben Simmons from LSU. This team has had some horrible luck in recent years with their lottery picks, as most of these coveted rookies have missed significant time due to injury. As for the early results in 2016, they are off to another very slow start. Ben Simmons was the team’s latest addition, and he managed to break a bone in his foot this past October. Some say that he will sit out the entire season, but that’s not his plan. The team will certainly surpass last season’s record, as they have already racked up seven wins at the time of this update. Still, these lottery picks are getting healthy, and there is light at the end of this long dark tunnel in the city of Brotherly Love.