Where Joel Embiid, Harden and others landed

With the 2022-23 NBA season approaching, now is the time to tidy up. Now it’s time to rank the best players in the game and see where they arrive in the new season.

The Philadelphia 76ers are one of the most talented teams in the league with Joel Embiid and James Harden leading them at the top while Therese Maxi rises and then there’s the trusty Tobias Harris. Therefore, the Sixers will get a lot of love when it comes to ranking the best players in the league.

ESPN put together their Top 100 Players list for the upcoming season and the Sixers had four actors on the list. The number next to each player indicates their rank in the list:

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ESPN on Harris:

Over the last two months of last season, Harris settled into a groove playing alongside James Harden’s mid-season acquisition and playing the best basketball of his career. But in a team where he is arguably the fourth choice to score goals, can he continue to handle that kind of role over the course of an entire season? (Harris will also spend more time at the young forward due to the arrival of PJ Tucker.)

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ESPN on Maxey:

Maxey entered last season as a huge question mark for the 76ers, entering the role of starting point guard after being a junior player as a rookie. Finished the season as a staple. If he can keep improving his passing skills and repeat his massive shooting jump (going from 30% to 41% of a 3-point range) in his third season in the NBA, he can jump higher on this list.

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ESPN on Harden:

Will the real Harden stand up please? After a summer filled with videos of Harden’s dedication to training and preparing for the upcoming campaign, all eyes will be on The Beard to see if his MVP form can return, or if the release that hasn’t been given serious All-NBA consideration is here to stay.

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ESPN on Embiid:

Embiid dominated last season, averaging 30.6 points per game to lead the league in scoring for the first time in his career – the first time he has topped the league in scoring since Shaquille O’Neal in 1999-2000 and for the first time center. He has averaged at least 30 points per game during the entire season since Moses Malone in 1981-82.

Embiid also averaged the few minutes for any player to win the scoring title with 33.8 per game, beating the 34.2 curry mark set in both 2016 and 2021. He has become a complete offensive player, capable of scoring at all levels. Easily all three, and it’s one of the most imposing edge protectors in the league.

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