5 bold predictions for the Philadelphia 76ers in the upcoming 2022-23 season

The Philadelphia 76ers are expected to be in contention for an NBA title in the 2022-23 season. President Daryl Morey brought in PJ Tucker, De’Anthony Melton, Danuel House Jr. and Montrezl Harrell to help improve the depth surrounding the star duo to ride out the bump in the East.

The Sixers kick off the new season on Tuesday against the Boston Celtics to get a taste of what’s to come in the Eastern Conference. This will be the first game for Joel Embiid, James Harden and Tyrese Maxey to lead the new crew as they prepare to face off in the East once again.

Here are five bold predictions for Philadelphia for the upcoming season:

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Maxey took such a big leap after the all-star break of the 2021-22 season. He shot 48% from deep after the break and he also averaged 18.7 points. He will have fierce competition for an All-Star spot as there are plenty of guards such as Harden, Fred VanVleet, Trae Young, Dejounte Murray, Darius Garland, Donovan Mitchell and others, but don’t let him pass Maxey to do another jump.

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Harris shot 40% from deep after the all-star break once Harden came on and he should be able to continue. He’s a guy who always sacrifices his game for the benefit of the team and it would be a huge help for this Sixers team if he could become that elite catch-and-shoot guy for Harden and Embiid.

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Harden isn’t the same explosive goalscorer he once was, but he seemed to be a little sharper during the pre-season schedule. It will be a huge help for the Sixers and give them a better chance of winning a title next season. This would also put him in the running for the MVP award. He averaged 21 points, 10.5 assists and 7.1 rebounds in 21 games for the Sixers and a full offseason and training camp with the team should only push those numbers up.

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Tucker shot 41.5% from deep in the 2021-22 season for the Miami Heat and it’s believed he can shoot even better in Philadelphia with Harden giving him the ball. He’s a 3-point corner sniper and with The Beard and Embiid getting the attention they do, that’ll leave Tucker open to knock down a bunch of triples in this offense.

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It’s due for one, right? Embiid probably should have won the MVP award in 2022, although Nikola Jokic’s win wasn’t too controversial. The big guy has come so close in the previous two seasons to winning the award and this upcoming season looks like his chance to do just that. He will have to take his game to another level, but he has done that throughout his career. We shouldn’t let it pass.

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