Markelle Fultz is in uniform, albeit for summer league, as the No. 1 pick. Joel Embiid, the best rookie last season when healthy, and Ben Simmons, the early-summer favorite for best rookie of this season if healthy, are on track to be on the court for Day 1 of training camp. J.J. Redick and Amir Johnson have reportedly committed to sign as free agents when the moratorium ends Thursday, successfully completing the plan to add shooting and veteran leadership to the young Philly core. The East is crumbling around them, especially the lower portion of the East playoff bracket from just months ago.
This has broken so right for the Sixers, their big-footing steps to the future coming at the same time as the decisions of others increase the opportunity for successful progress in 2017-18 – maybe even to the playoffs: