The current lineup of the Philadelphia 76ers hasn’t been playing together long but they are already showing signs of serious promise and potential.
If the team keeps putting up numbers like they have been, the rest of the Eastern Conference and the entire NBA should be on notice because new champions might be in the making.
Joel Embiid, James Harden and Tyrese Maxey have combined for 176 points in their first 2 games together.
The only trio with more points in their first 2 games together in NBA history is Wilt Chamberlain, Paul Arizin & York Larese with 193 points in 1961. pic.twitter.com/qZObricfwU
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) February 28, 2022
And that was back in 1963.
In other words, this new 76ers team is something very special and something not seen very often.
But will their star power be enough to get them to the NBA Finals?
Everyone knew that the 76ers were going to be a lot better after the blockbuster trade that landed them Harden from the Brooklyn Nets.
Harden would greatly improve the team’s already-strong offensive power and it would rid them of Ben Simmons once and for all.
Sure enough, the new big three in Philly is doing incredible work and the team is currently sitting at number three in the Eastern Conference.
They have perhaps their best shot ever at making the Finals.
However, this is all happening when the Eastern Conference is more competitive and fierce than it’s ever been.
From the Miami Heat to the Chicago Bulls to the Cleveland Cavaliers and even the Nets, everyone is in the running for the top spot.
So that means the 76ers will have to continue to put out the stats they are creating right now every single night.
Embiid, Harden, and Maxey will be required to keep up the pace and pressure if they hope to win their first rings.