The phrase ‘Must-See TV’ was coined in the ‘90s by an NBC marketing exec to promote the network’s Thursday night lineup that included ‘Seinfeld’ and ‘Friends.’
TV’s changed a bit since then – Seinfeld’s ‘sneans’ aren’t exactly a fashion trend and many of us watch the NBA on League Pass rather than television – but you can easily apply the ‘must-see’ line to the Philadelphia 76ers, arguably the NBA’s most exciting and intriguing team.
Obviously we’re biased, with Aussie Ben Simmons the focus of much of our attention.
Sixers beat Pistons 115-108
✅ 12th win in a row
✅ Simmons 16 pts, 6 Rebs, 7 assists
✅ Redick 25 pts
✅ Belinelli 19 pts pic.twitter.com/hJEmu4u6dS
— Sportsbet.com.au (@sportsbetcomau) April 5, 2018
But it’s not just the Aussies recognising how special this kid is.
Then there’s Joel Embiid, one of the most unique big men in the game. He’s as comfortable taking a three as he is posting up or rolling to the rack. Embiid is currently nursing an injured orbital bone and how he returns – wearing a mask? – will be one of the keys to Philly’s upcoming playoff run. At least he’s kept his sense of humour on social:
— Joel Embiid (@JoelEmbiid) March 30, 2018
It doesn’t stop there, with smooth Dario Saric, erratic but dynamic Robert Covington, fan favourite T.J. McConnell and sharp-shooting podcaster J.J. Redick all playing their parts.
— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) February 2, 2018
And of course, the two recent acquisitions – Ersan Ilyasova and Marco Belinelli – are providing veteran leadership off the bench, while the wildcard is #1 draft pick Markelle Fultz, who has just returned to the lineup.
— PhillyVoice (@thephillyvoice) April 4, 2018
There are only four games left in the regular season for the Sixers and then the playoffs beckon. At the moment, a 4th place finish looks probable, but 3rd isn’t out of the question, while 5th would be a disappointing result.
Currently, Philadelphia is paying $12 to win the Eastern Conference title (odds subject to change).