There would be plenty of excitement around the Sixers were they headlined by back-to-back No. 1 picks Markelle Fultz and Ben Simmons. That they’ll play with Joel Embiid sends Philly to a different level entirely. The sample for Embiid last season was limited but conclusive. This is a star. A without-a-doubt centerpiece when he takes the court; a prolific scorer despite double and triple-teams; a monster defender who rated as one of the league’s best rim protectors; and a new-order revelation with ball skills beyond what should be possible for a seven-footer. The entire philosophy behind the Sixers’ long game under Sam Hinkie was to secure a franchise-altering talent. Embiid looks to be one, so long as he’s able to play consistently: