For the Philadelphia 76ers, they can only go as far as their stars take them. Though they have a roster assembled of quality roleplayers, it will be Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons who have to lead this franchise to glory. The problem is, both players have significant flaws.
For Embiid, his health has been a consistent obstacle in his young career, even missing his entire rookie season.
For Simmons, his issue is his lack of a jump-shot. His inability to shoot has limited the development of his game and is a liability to the team on the offensive end.
But, according to the young star himself, he is making big strides in his game -- so much so that he has rediscovered his love for the game.
“I feel like this summer I fell in love with the game again,” revealed Simmons to The Associated Press during an interview.
“I kind of got back to who I was and having fun with the game. I felt like the past season I lost that enjoyment side of it but I feel like this summer has been huge for me. Just the work I’ve been putting in, I kinda fell in love with putting that work in again and I’ve been in the gym every day working and the results have been paying off so I’m excited for the season to start,” added Simmons in his interview.
The Philadelphia 76ers are considered among the most elite teams in the Eastern Conference. But last season, it's fair to say they fell short of their goals -- losing to the Toronto Raptors in the Eastern Conference Semis.
With Simmons and Embiid both coming off a summer of growth, they hope to improve on their performance from last year. Ben, with his new-found love for the game, is looking forward to it.