If you’ve followed the Philadelphia 76ers at all, or just the NBA in general over the last few seasons, chances are you’ve heard about the ‘The Process’. Former 76ers President and General Manager, Sam Hinkie, came up with the phrase as a way to hopefully keep the fans in Philly happy as the Sixers continued to grow as a team, and nurture their young draft picks.
The Sixers have had many top picks in recent years, but ‘the process’ never seemed to progress.
One of those top draft picks is center, Joel Embiid. The 7-foot big man from Cameroon, by way of Kansas University, was the third overall selection in the 2014 draft. However, he hasn’t seen a minute of regular season action since, due to a back injury he suffered in his final season with the Jayhawks.
It seems that there is finally progress with ‘the process’ as Embiid is ready to take the floor. Embiid, impressed in the Sixers’ preseason games, averaging around 12 points per game. When healthy, Embiid, possesses the rare combination of size, athleticism, and perimeter shooting. It’s just too bad Embiid will be making his debut without Sixers’ 2016 pick Ben Simmons.
Simmons, likely won’t be available until at least January, as he recovers from an injury of his own.
At one time, it looked like Embiid’s career might be in jeopardy. But, here he is. You have to feel for Sixers fans, though. Just as they get one of their potential stars on the floor, another goes down to injury. The good news for Sixers’ fans is they’ll finally see Embiid on the floor. That’s at least some evidence that ‘The Process’ is finally progressing.