What Does The Starting Lineup Of The Philadelphia 76ers Look Like For The 2021-22 Season?

Published 08/17/2021, 1:30 AM EDT
May 29, 2021; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) celebrates with 76ers guard Ben Simmons (25) against the Washington Wizards in the third quarter during game three in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports


Philadelphia 76ers has now become a consistently average franchise in the NBA. They dominate the regular season but haven’t gone all the way since 1983. Not denying the fact that they have built a strong roster. But in the past few seasons, they have always somehow lost it all in the playoffs.

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Since the 2017-18 season, they have been strong contenders who have qualified consistently for the playoffs. Moreover, they have found a franchise cornerstone in Joel Embiid who has consistently delivered an MVP-caliber performance. However, they have failed to build a strong enough roster to go further than the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals. The game 7 buzzer-beater loss to Toronto Raptors is still something that haunts Philadelphia supporters.

Consequently, they have made some changes to their roster, and this is what their lineup would look like this season.

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Incoming Players to the Philadelphia 76ers

1.Georges Niang (From the Utah Jazz– Free Agent signing)

Georges Niang: The former Utah Jazz Forward has now signed with the Philadelphia 76ers after becoming a free agent at the end of last season. Team General Manager Daryl Morey is extremely delighted to have him in the team. He said “Georges is a talented player who can stretch the floor and he immediately bolsters our frontcourt depth,”. “He has shot over 40-percent from three for his career and has steadily improved his overall game each season he’s been in the NBA. We’re excited to welcome him to Philadelphia.”

2. Andre Drummond (From the Lakers-Trade)

Lakers have now traded the former Piston to the 76ers for Dwight Howard. He is a former All-Star and Rebounding monster. Sadly, his Free Throw Percentage is a low 47% for his career. However, his inclusion in the squad can help bring a more experienced substitute for Joel Embiid at the center until Paul Reed matures. He no longer averages the numbers that made him an All-Star for two years, but he brings a lot of size and dominance with him to the court.

 

May 30, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) shoots against the defense of Los Angeles Lakers center Andre Drummond (2) and guard Dennis Schroder (17) during the first half in game four of the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs. at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Further, Philadelphia drafted 3 rookies in this year’s Draft and has offered them all a spot on the team. They are Jaden Springer (#28 pick, First Round), Filip Petrusev (#50 pick, Second Round), and Charles Bassey (#53 pick, Second Round).

Moreover, the following players who were becoming free agents have also re-signed with the 76ers:

  1. Danny Green
  2. Furkan Korkmaz
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Outgoing Players from the Philadelphia 76ers

1. Dwight Howard (To the Los Angeles Lakers)

The former All-Star and Defensive Player of the Year, Dwight Howard is returning to the team that he won the championship ring with. However, this lineup will differ from the one he won the ring with. Instead of players like Kuzma, Caruso or Caldwell-Pope, he’s joining the likes of Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony. The Lakers having another shot at the ring looks like a good possibility at the moment.

Mar 14, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia 76ers center Dwight Howard (39) reacts after a dunk against the San Antonio Spurs during the third quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Another player who has now left the organization is George Hill. They waived him at the beginning of free agency.

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Probable Starting Line-Up

Starting five- Seth Curry, Danny Green, Tobias Harris, Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid

Much more than the starting lineup, the young players are where the future lies for the 76ers. Thybulle made the All-defensive 2nd team of the year last season. Paul Reed just had a dominating display in the Summer League with 20 rebound double-double in a game. Tyrese Maxey and Korkmaz have tremendous potential. Shake Milton averaged 13.9 points a game last season off the bench. This squad has tremendous depth. But do they have what it takes this time to win it all? I guess we’ll have to wait and see how the whole Ben Simmons Trade saga pans out before making any conclusions.

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Chaitanya Dadhwal

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