On Saturday night the short-handed 76ers put up a tremendous fight against the New York Knicks, but were eventually bested by a fade-away jumper at the buzzer from the All-Star simply known as “Melo”. The loss dropped the Sixers record to 22-36 on the season and with a brutal schedule the rest of the month, my training camp prediction of a 35 win season now seems like a pipe dream.
Still, for the most part I have truly enjoyed watching this group of rookies and undiscovered “prospects” play basketball this season as “The Process” moves ever forward. Additionally, there have been a few positive revelations we can take from the first half of the season. It’s become very obvious that when healthy, Joel Embiid is a superstar caliber player. There is now little doubt that rookie Dario Saric will thrive in the NBA. Robert Covington has proven to be a solid “three and D” role player. Finally, TJ McConnell has shown that he can be a rock steady point guard in this League. To most, the last positive item is the biggest revelation of all.