76ers: Most Overrated Team in the NBA

If you are really into the NBA you will also pay attention to the role players and the depth of a teams bench

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76ers: Most Overrated Team in the NBA

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Zack Smith, Staff Writer

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Fans of the NBA will watch games and you are always guaranteed to see one player that stands out from the rest. This example fits for any team in the NBA. However

. The problem with some NBA fans and even some professional sports analysts tend to just look at stars and over hype a team just based on the numbers or the fancy moves that the player is putting up night in and night out.

When I look at the Philadelphia 76ers I see a multitude of different things. I see the stars on them team, Jimmy Butler and Joel Embiid. I see J.J. Redick, a deadeye shooter who in this years playoffs has not been himself. I see a big man who is inconsistent and no one really ever talks about in Tobias Harris. I also see last years rookie of the year in Ben Simmons. Then I look at their bench. There bench does not carry a player that averages 10 or more points a game. No one on the Sixers bench would even be considered a good player on any other team. I think the only team that would want a player from the Sixers bench would be the Knicks and even then it’s not like any of the players would change the impact of a game. I have no negative things to say about Jimmy Butler and Joel Embiid because both of these players are legit and could be franchise players for any team in the NBA.

J.J. Redick is a player that has been on four teams in his career and each year he has shot 40% or better from the field and has shot 40% or better from three in multiple seasons. Redick has not been himself in the playoffs this year and has scored 11 points or less in 6 out of the 12 games they played. Due to him not being much of a threat, teams have been able to shift their concern to other players.

Ben Simmons is viewed as a tremendous player and even won a very controversial  Rookie of the Year award last season. When many people look at Ben Simmons they think of a monster who can’t be stopped. People have even called him the next Lebron. I am not even close to a Lebron fan, in fact I despise the guy, but even this is an insult. Lebron can actually shoot, Ben Simmons has never made a three point shot in a game ever in the NBA or at LSU. When Ben Simmons is not allowed to shoot by a defense he completely shuts down and disappears, this normally happens in big games. Ben Simmons should not be recognized as an all star in the NBA until he can actually be consistent shooting.

Tobias Harris is the guy that everyone forgets about. He gets overshadowed by the other four starters in the lineup. He is a very mediocre player and doesn’t have too much to offer. In no way will Tobias Harris ever take over a game but the Sixers were very happy to add him to the lineup. He had a pretty good season overall and even had a pretty good postseason, however his defense was rough. I don’t know how much I can actually blame him because Kawhi Leonard is a monster but either way Tobias Harris and the rest of the Sixers could not stop him.

Last but not least, the bench. The Sixers made some trades this year that basically through their bench in the trash. They once had a stud in Landry Shamet and two great shooters in Dario Saric and Robert Covington. You could argue that they gave up all this for Jimmy Butler and Tobias Harris but in my opinion I do not think it’s worth it. The Sixers had a solid starting five and a good bench last season, after all of these transactions they made a good starting five and a horrible bench. To sum everything up, I think the Philadelphia 76ers are a good team for the most part. However the way they are looked at amongst analysts and fans as a “serious threat” in the Eastern Conference is a joke. This team has nothing on The Bucks, Celtics, and Raptors. For all these reasons, the Philadelphia 76ers are the current most overrated team in the NBA.

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