Five seasons in the NBA is a long time. A lot can happen over the span of five years as players and teams continue to grow and continue to chase the ultimate dream of hoisting the Larry O’Brien trophy.
That has been the main goal Philadelphia 76ers recently as they begin to move past “The Process” era and be legitimate title contenders in the Eastern Conference. Led by a superstar big man in Joel Embiid who can do it all, Philadelphia has been among the best in the East over the past five seasons combined with a win percentage of .629.
That is good enough to be among the best in the league and Bleacher Report ranked the Sixers as the 5th best team in their power rankings of the previous five seasons combined:
Essentially, it attaches the Sixers to Joel Embiid’s ascension, and they have followed his lead up the NBA ladder. In each of the last five seasons, he has been an All-Star and they’ve been a playoff participant with a .589-plus winning percentage.
However, just like Embiid has been denied an MVP award, Philly has also fallen short of winning the big one—or even the medium one. The Sixers are still searching for their first venture past the conference semis since Allen Iverson was leading the charge, which doesn’t seem possible for a club that has assembled as much talent as Philadelphia has.
The Sixers will now look to make their move in the 2022-23 season led by Embiid and James Harden. Considering the talent they have assembled on the roster, now is as good a time as any to take the next step forward in the East and look to win their first title since 1983.
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Story originally appeared on Sixers Wire