The past few years have been rebuilding periods for many teams in the NBA. With many greats such as Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan, Paul Pierce and more retiring in recent seasons, teams have been looking for young players to lead their rosters. The two most popular examples of this are most likely Ben Simmons and Lonzo Ball. The Sixers “Process” has been underway since the 2013 season when they drafted Michael Carter-Williams. Philadelphia has recently turned things around with the drafting of Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons, two of the most promising young players in the league. Los Angeles has been in the same sort of process of rebuilding as well, ever since Kobe hung it up.
Their latest draft pick, Lonzo Ball, has put up sub-par numbers, even for a rookie. Averaging 33 minutes, he averages 9, 7, and 7 and is shooting at a horrid 31%. Ben Simmons on the other hand, plays about 36 minutes a game, and averages 18, 9 and 7. In order to fully understand the fact that the Sixers are a better team, we have to look at the rosters of both teams. Joel Embiid is averaging 23, 11, and 3 over 30 minutes, whereas the Lakers starting center, Brook Lopez, is at 13, 4, and 2. The 76ers starting shooting guard is J.J. Redick, who averages 16 points a game. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope currently stands at 13 a game. Robert Covington is the best 3 point shooting small forward in the league right now, as he stands in 4th place on the “most 3-pointers” list. The Philadelphia bench currently scores 55 points per game, while the Lakers bench averages 43 a game.
When a free agent is looking at young teams to sign with that can potentially get them a title, these are all things they look at. Next offseason, the insane list of free agents includes Kevin Durant, Lebron James, Russell Westbrook, Demarcus Cousins, Paul George, and Chris Paul, just
to name a few. While most of these guys will sign back with their current team, some will be looking to join a team with the potential to win a championship. The Sixers are the best destination in the league for players wanting to win multiple rings in the future.
Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid are both in their early 20’s and already two of the top 20 players in the league. They will only become more dominant as their career progresses. Lonzo Ball is already showing signs of being a bust. There is games where Lonzo scores 2 points and
does little of anything. Los Angeles’ only really promising player is Kyle Kuzma, and he is still nowhere near Ben in talent level. For the 2018 offseason, if Russell Westbrook, Paul George, or Chris Paul want to finally win the championship they deserve, or Lebron wants to win another one, they should come to Philadelphia.