Couldn't have done it without the Colangelos pic.twitter.com/o7X1LU09mA
— John Gonzalez (@gonzoCSN) May 18, 2016
No thing in basketball has come under more fire over the last few years than The Process in Philadelphia. To non-Sixers fans, it’s a laughing stock that has done nothing but result in losses and people quitting their jobs. But to the Philly faithful, it’s been a ray of hope for a team that was stuck in NBA purgatory, as their team was always good enough to make the playoffs, get bounced in round one or two, draft someone in the middle of the first round, and repeat.
But tonight, The Process did its job, as Philadelphia won the NBA Draft Lottery. As such, the team will likely select LSU’s Ben Simmons or Duke’s Brandon Ingram – both of whom possess franchise-changing potential – with the No. 1 pick in the Draft. Suddenly, that ray of hope in Philly became something much, much greater.
Understandably, Philadelphia fans were ecstatic at the news. Video evidence of this popped up during a Lottery watch party across the street from where the Sixers play. Just listen to the roar let out by the team’s most loyal fans, first when they learned that Boston got the No. 3 pick, and then the pure, unfiltered enthusiasm that came when it was announced that Los Angeles got the No. 2 pick.
After watching this reaction, maybe even the most ardent Process hater can see what it means for Philly. As further proof, we turn to the best thing in all of Philadelphia sports: the Twitter account of Joel Embiid.
One thing that will help the team avoid the Lottery in the future is Embiid playing. He’s missed his first two years of pro ball with various foot injuries, but according to the team’s supremely talented center, he’ll be on the court with the 2016 No. 1 pick to start the season.
Philly has to choose which one of the no-brainers at the top of this Draft will join Embiid, who possesses all of the talent in the world and can become one of the league’s best players if he stays healthy. Add in some of the other talented pieces Philly has – Jahlil Okafor, Nerlens Noel, whatever it decides to do with its two late-first round picks this summer – and it’s not crazy to think that the Sixers could be on the verge of something really special.