June 22, 2017
By: Erica Rose
“Trust the Process,” “Trust the Process.” Anyone who attended a Sixers game last year heard those chants roar throughout the Wells Fargo Center on numerous occasions. The Sixers faithful have had their hopes up for a few years now, and Monday had them anticipating Thursday like a kid on Christmas Eve.
The NBA draft is tonight, and Sixers fans couldn’t be more excited despite already knowing whom the team is selecting. If you haven’t been following the process, the team made a trade with the Boston Celtics for the Number 1 pick earlier this week. With that number 1 pick more than likely being, 6’4 sophomore guard from the University of Washington, Markelle Fultz. (The Sixers have not confirmed this yet, however, everyone would be shocked if it’s not.) This gives the Sixers the Number 1 pick for the second straight year (Ben Simmons, 2016).
Fultz is just what the Sixers need, with so many big men on the team; yes 6’4 is small believe it or not! But, what’s even better is that the Pac-12 All-Freshman brings with him some impressive honors that already have Sixers fans talking about the playoffs. Fultz was the top freshman scorer in the nation last season, with 23.2 ppg. Combine that with (hopefully) a healthy Ben Simmons, Dario Saric (a Rookie of the Year contender) and Joel Embiid (who would have been a lock for Rookie of the Year if not for injuries) and you have yourself a team who people are going to respect. Hard to believe it was just a few years ago they were the laughing stock of the NBA and if you don’t believe me, just look at the numbers. People truly have “trusted the process.” Since the trade the Sixers broke the all-time team record for season tickets. They also expect to sell out every home game. SELL OUT. We haven’t been talking about sell-outs since the Allen Iverson Era.
Nothing is guaranteed, in fact a lot still needs to be determined. The team is very young and very injury prone, but they sure will be an exciting squad to watch. And with my husband being a season ticket holder, I’m sure I’ll be hearing all about the highs and lows!