The Philadelphia 76ers are the worst team in the NBA right now and have been for some time. They may even be close to becoming the worst team in pro basketball history.
Knicks in Disarray
But yet, somehow the New York Knicks are even worse. Despite all the glitz of the Big Apple and the history of the storied franchise, the Knicks are in disarray.
And it could be set to get even worse. According to NBA executives, the Knicks have a much bleaker future than the historically bad 76ers.
According to a report from Adam Zagoria of the Knicks Blog, he spoke to several head office people in the NBA, who would much rather be in the Sixers shoes right about now going forward.
“If Embiid is the new Olajuwon instead of Oden, the answer is Philly,” one NBA executive told SNY.tv and The Knicks Blog.
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“The Knicks have one first-round pick in the next two years, zero second-round picks and zero worthwhile International rights guys. Philly has two first-round picks this year, four second-round picks in the next two and the rights to [Dario] Saric and [Vasilije] Micic. Melo is better than any current 76er but Philly has a far better coach and more talented young players.”
A former NBA GM chimed in with similar thoughts on who has a brighter future.
“The Sixers, long term. They have young talent and multiple draft picks.”
The Sixers have the potential to be very good in a few years. Michael Carter-Williams should develop into a good point guard capable of leading a team. Joel Embiid could well be a dominant centre and Saric and Micic are two Europeans who are criminally underrated as they're still abroad.
The Knicks meanwhile have Carmelo Anthony who threatens his own teammates, Tim Hardaway Jr, not many draft picks and are putting all there hope in free agency baskets that they won't be able to win unless they show serious improvements.
And who knows if in three years, when the Sixers have the potential to be incredibly exciting, if Phil Jackson will even still be at Madison Square Gardens.