From Basketball Insiders:
It’s been five long seasons, but at this point, the light at the end of the tunnel in Philly would probably be best described as a beam. The spectacular glow emanating from it is so bright that not even the normally reserved Bryan Colangelo could contain his excitement. The president of basketball operations and general manager of the franchise spoke with Basketball Insiders at length about the potential changing Philly fortunes.
“The infusion of two number one picks at the same time is just an incredible wealth of talent coming into a program at the right time,” Colangelo told Basketball Insiders.
“We’re taking the next step, certainly, adding another piece like Markelle [Fultz] in terms of that young talent and the core that we’re putting together.”
Fultz will be joining Ben Simmons—the first overall pick in the 2016 draft—as the players who will flank Joel Embiid and Dario Saric in an attempt to restore the Sixers to prominence.
Despite finishing last season with a 28-54 record, the Sixers have shown evident progress toward such a return, and that was before a summer that has introduced a tremendous infusion of other talent, as well. Considering that the team’s win total last season equaled the combined total of the two prior, the rise of Embiid and Saric had already resulted in newfound hope.
Now, reinforcements have arrived.
“Joel [Embiid], showing what he was capable of last year, adding to that, then bringing in some veteran players where you’re developing the program,” Colangelo mentioned as what excites him. “You’re cultivating the young players—the core guys from Joel and Dario to Markelle and Ben—but now have guys that can help grow the program with leadership, mentorship, and professionalism, as well.”