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Eastern Conference bottom feeders to watch down the stretch

March 17th, 2017 at 12:11 PM
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We’re less than a month away from the end of the NBA’s regular season, so it’s time to focus our attention on the teams who won’t play in this year’s postseason. We’ll have at least four more games for each of the 16 playoff teams, so use these last 15 or so games to check out some of the NBA’s best young players who aren’t in a position to lead their teams to the playoffs.

Today finishes our two-part series where we look at the four non-playoff teams to watch for the remainder of the regular season. We end the series with the Eastern Conference bottom feeders to check out down the stretch.

Philadelphia 76ers
We began the season excited for Joel Embiid to finally get his NBA start, and when he did see the floor, he didn’t disappoint. Until he was sidelined for the season with injuries, it appeared that he would run away with the NBA’s ROY award. Due to his limit restrictions and the number of games he sat, it’s certain that he won’t win the award, but the ROY is probably still in the City of Brotherly Love. Dario Saric has been playing out of his mind as of late, and a strong finish to the season could wrap up the award for the 76ers other stand out youngster.

During the 76ers recent West Coast swing which featured games against both the Clippers and Warriors (both losses, but Philly was competitive in both), Saric averaged 25 and 7 while shooting 44 percent from three-point range. During that same trip out west, another rookie, Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot, showed that he can be a key piece in the 76ers rebuilding process. After a strong showing against the Lakers (18 points on 11 shots with three boards and three dimes), head coach Brett Brown has decided to keep him in the starting lineup, at least in the immediate future.

With at least one lottery pick this summer and possibly another if the Lakers fall out of the top three, the 76ers have an awfully bright future. Embiid will return and last year’s top pick, Ben Simmons will be back from his foot injury. While the 76ers have one of the league’s worst records, they’ve shown signs of improvement and only look to improve with new roster additions and natural growth from their young guns. If Simmons is as good as advertised at the NBA level and they draft the right guy, Philly’s core could grow into real contenders in the Eastern Conference in a few years.

These are the best games to watch Philly for the rest of the season:

3/22: @ Oklahoma City Thunder (League …

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