‘The Process’ appeared to finally pay off last season for the Philadelphia 76ers. After five seasons of languishing in the NBA’s metaphorical cellar, the 76ers emerged and became one of the better teams in the NBA. Better—but far from best. But now seems to be one of the better teams.
Everyone wants to win a championship, so what the 76ers must figure out now is how they can take their game to the next level. Rumor has it that adding another young talent could be in the cards— Karl-Anthony Towns.
Before you ask—no, Joel Embiid isn’t going anywhere. The speculation calls for the 76ers to redefine the concept of ‘large ball.’ Having Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid, and Karl-Anthony Towns on the court at the same time couldn’t be referred to as anything else.
But how would having two ‘bigs’ like Towns and Embiid work? Can you really play them both at the same time? It almost doesn’t make sense to acquire someone when you already have a player that fits that need.
Then again, it seemed to work well for the Houston Rockets. With James Harden on the roster, they didn’t need Chris Paul, but the acquisition worked.
Just like Houston came up with a way to make use of the talent, the 76ers could do the same should they go after Towns. While a system utilizing two bigs would be in stark contrast to the modern NBA, the level of talent the 76ers would be putting on the court is staggering.
In that respect, the move makes sense. But do the 76ers really need to do something so drastic?
They won 52 games and were the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference this season. That doesn’t sound like a team that needs to do anything drastic. Then again, they were beaten pretty easily by another very young team in the Boston Celtics in the Conference Semifinals.
When Boston gets Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving back next season, they are going to become even better. So, how do the 76ers keep up? Do they trust their young corps of players will continue to develop their games? Or do they add another piece to the championship puzzle?
As tempting as it may be to go after someone like Towns, there are easier ways to improve the team. Depth is more of an issue for the 76ers than talent is. Rather than go after another superstar, why not try to support the current roster by acquiring some support?
Philadelphia is going to have around $31 million in cap space to work with this offseason. With that, they could easily acquire one very good player or maybe two or three good bench players.
Adding Towns is an intriguing option, but he just isn’t necessary.