Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid are healthy — well, Embiid is nearly healthy.
Rookie Markelle Fultz and Dario Saric are two up-and-comers.
J.J. Redick and Amir Johnson are veterans who should be able to help the youth.
So are the Philadelphia 76ers thinking NBA draft lottery again?
“As I said to the group, our goal is to make the playoffs,” Sixers coach Brett Brown told reporters, via the Philadelphia Inquirer. “There are several other teams … they are in a room saying something similar. So to me, let’s talk about what that really means.”
Brown is entering his fifth year with the team. He has survived lots of losing, lots of attempts at rebuilding, lots of untimely injuries from the men in uniform.
Through it all, Brown has stayed positive, teaching, coaching and lifting up his team.
Now, though, he appears ready to get this team some valuable experience by learning what the postseason is all about.
“There’s a different firepower in front of me,” Brown told reporters.
“We’ve had a chance to build a base that absorbed the firepower and new players that we [have]. And there’s enough carryover from last year’s team that lets us be a little ahead of where we have been in years.”
Playoffs? The Sixers? Hey, maybe it’s time to believe.