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Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid get The Process rolling for the Philadelphia 76ers

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The Philadelphia 76ers have been waiting a long time to get "The Process" started but they may have finally seen it come to fruition last night.

The Sixers beat the Detroit Pistons 97-86 on the road to record their first win of the season and it was inspired by the two players they have placed their future hopes on. 

The franchise was always confident that once they got Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid on the floor together they would be a force. 

The talented duo showed this in full effect in Detroit's new Little Caesars Arena as they put the home team to the sword.

Simmons put up 21 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists to record his first triple-double. He became the first player since Hambone Williams in 1967 to notch it within his first four games.

Along with the Aussie, Embiid dominated the Pistons by posting 30 points on 11-of-15 shooting. The pair proved too much for their opposition to handle and it is just what the Sixers have been waiting for. 

Patience

With both players suffering from injuries to start their NBA careers, the fans in Philadelphia have had to be patient with them and it should now start to pay off. 

After beginning the campaign with three straight losses, the Philly faithful were getting a little restless and sensing a bit of deja vu when they had come into the year with higher expectations. 

But to put it into context, the three defeats came against the Washington Wizards, Boston Celtics and Toronto Raptors, the teams who finished in the top four in the Eastern Conference last season and made it to the second round of the playoffs.

Boston Celtics v Philadelphia 76ers

Realistically, they're not on the level of those teams yet but they put out a strong statement against the Pistons, a team who they will be battling with for a postseason berth. 

The 76ers fans are understandably frustrated and eager to see their team win again but it will take time as the year goes on but they were finally given a glimpse of what's to come in the win last night. 

Star power

Embiid showed why the Sixers had no choice but to offer him a huge five-year, $148 million extension as he once again proved he is an unstoppable force on the floor.

The center managed just 31 games last year but averaged 20.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game. He is on course to better those numbers if he remains healthy enough.

With him and Simmons on the court together, the 76ers have two future superstars who can transform the franchise. 

With the Cameroonian's inside presence, coupled with the Aussie's ball-handling, scoring and playmaking abilities, they could form one of the best one-two combos in the league for years to come. 

Former general manager Sam Hinkie underwent years of tanking in order for the franchise to capture talent of this nature and they are already proving to be worth the wait. 

Confidence

One huge quality that both players possess is confidence. This allows them to go out on the floor and compete with anybody as they believe they're the best on the floor.

Embiid displayed this in his matchup with All-Star big man Andre Drummond and explained after the game how he knew he'd win that duel.

“Defensively, he doesn’t play any defence,” Embiid said of Drummond. “When we started the game, he was being aggressive and he was talking, too. … So what I was like [in my mind] ‘You want to do that? I’m going to kick your [butt] then. So that’s what I did.”

Some would call it a hint of arrogance but that's what you need to succeed in the NBA.

In an interview with Bleacher Report's Yaron Weitzman this summer, Simmons said: “I want to go in and make sure everybody remembers my name. I want to get out there and play where everyone’s talking about me.”

Everybody is already talking about him and that means 'The Process' is now finally up and running in the City of Brotherly Love. 

Topics:
Eastern Conference
NBA
Atlantic Division
Joel Embiid
Philadelphia 76ers
Allen Iverson

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