Metric loss

Sixers fans demonstrate championship with interesting metric


James Harden #1 and Tyrese Maxey #0 of the Philadelphia 76ers react as they leave the field.

With Joel Embiid at the peak of his powers, the Philadelphia 76ers are doing everything they can to maximize their window of contention. Daryl Morey acquired James Harden at the trade deadline last season and dramatically improved the supporting cast in free agency.

Between a better-adjusted supporting cast and a healthy Harden, the Sixers have their sights set on winning the NBA title. Fans believe the team can be successful, but for a totally different reason.

Last year was a special time for the league as it celebrated its 75th anniversary. Now in the 76th season in NBA history, Sixers fans believe fate is on their team’s side as they seek to win their first title since 1983.

Sixers among NBA leaders in title equity

The main storyline for the Sixers this offseason was James Harden taking a pay cut to help the team improve in other areas. Because of this, Daryl Morey was able to land a pair of veteran three-and-Ds in Danuel House Jr. and PJ Tucker. Those signings, along with the acquisition of De’Anthony Melton on draft night, made the Sixers a much deeper team.

While fans are using other reasoning to manifest a title for the Sixers, another metric bolsters their chances of being a contender. Exit from the recent The Athletic ranking of the top 125 players in the NBA currently, the Sixers are among the league leaders in title equity. The only team ahead of them is the defending champion Golden State Warriors.

In this ranking, Joel Embiid landed at tier 1, James Harden is at tier 2, while Tyrese Maxey and Tobias Harris ended up at tier 4.

Analyst claims current Sixers are best of Embiid era

After their flurry of moves this offseason, fans aren’t the only ones buying into the Sixers heading into next season. Many analysts have already started to dissect the new-look team, with one going so far as to claim that it is the best team Joel Embiid has ever been on.

Athletic’s Rich Hoffman recently dove into why the current Sixers might be the best in “The Process” era. One of the main reasons being that depth is no longer a major concern.

One of the main reasons the Sixers lost to Miami was their ineffective bench play. With that in mind, their primary focus in the offseason was to rebuild the depth lost in the Harden trade as last year’s deadline. Before we get to what these players provide, it’s worth noting that the Sixers added them without sacrificing any of their 2021-22 rotation. Green is the only exception, but he plans to rehabilitate his knee for most of next season.

Only one group can compete with the current group as the best team in Embiid. It was the 2019 team with Jimmy Butler that did not make the conference finals due to a miracle shot by Kawhi Leonard. While this team had a loaded starting lineup, the glaring lack of depth behind them played a major role in their downfall.

While the new-look Sixers still need to get in some real play together, it’s safe to say they’re the best bunch of talent the team has ever put around its star big man.