Who would've thought that one of the NBA's biggest tank jobs in history -- other than arguably the Spurs back in 1996-97 -- would result in a turnaround this quickly?
Back in 2013, then-Sixers GM Sam Hinkie implemented what we all now know of as 'The Process', a plan that would see the Philadelphia 76ers rise to the top of the Eastern Conference after purposefully being bad for multiple years to stockpile top-tier NBA prospects, releasing them all at once, which is exactly what happened this year.
Sure, The Process had a few bumps in the road along the way, mainly the injuries to Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons before either had played an official NBA game, but their injuries have only made the effects of The Process more noticeable, as the Sixers jumped from 28 wins last season to 52 this year, and that's without help from 2017 number one pick Markelle Fultz.
The Process has been so effective in fact, that over the past six years, the 'official' start of The Process if you would, the 76ers have been a more successful franchise than 11 other NBA teams.
With their Game 5 over the Miami Heat yesterday, the Sixers advanced to the second round of the Playoffs for the first time since 2012, and with that Game 5 win, advanced further than the Pistons, Hornets, Bucks, Timberwolves, Knicks, Magic, Nuggets, Lakers, Kings, Mavericks, and Suns have over the past six years.
In fact, out of those 11 teams, three of them -- the Magic, Kings and Suns -- haven't appeared in the postseason at all over the span.
To be fair, the Milwaukee Bucks and Minnesota Timberwolves both have a chance to advance to the second round this year, but as they're facing the Boston Celtics and Houston Rockets respectively, and are both down in their series, it doesn't look as though their names will be scratched off the list these playoffs.