The Philadelphia 76ers are hoping that 2016/17 will bring much more joy than previous campaigns. The Eastern Conference franchise have been at the wrong end of the league for the past three years as 'The Process' has failed to get going.
Sam Hinkie's accumulation of draft picks has led to the Sixers possessing a young front court that is set to have a huge future in the league. Although their backcourt could certainly improve.
Nerlens Noel, Jahlil Okafor (although one of them may be traded) and Joel Embiid are all tipped to grow into future stars while number one draft pick from 2016 Ben Simmons is seen as the final piece of the puzzle, and has impressed with his performances so far in the Summer League.
One man who has never been forgotten in Philly is the 22-year-old Croatian talent Dario Saric. The franchise has retained his draft rights since trading with the Orlando Magic for Elfrid Payton in 2014, and having scooped the Most Valuable Player award at the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Turin, it seems it could finally be time for him to play in the NBA.
Saric helped his home nation reach the competition in Rio de Janeiro then declared that he was planning to finally join the Sixers ahead of next season.
He has been honing his talents with Anadolu Efes in the Turkish League for the past two years and his questionable defence has evidently improved after he produced two vital stops against Italy to secure qualification.
Another young player is heading to Philly. Hopefully, he can help aid Bryan Colangelo's aim to win more games.