Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid posts an injury update on his Instagram

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There appears to be more optimism around the Philadelphia 76ers this summer then there has been for many years. 

After former general manager and president of basketball operations, Sam Hinkie, was replaced by Bryan Colangelo, it was stated that the organisation would focus their attentions on winning rather than rebuilding.

With the first pick in the upcoming draft, along with a plethora of young talent at their disposal, it could be time for the Sixers to make good on the potential they so blatantly possess.

Another reason for fans to be optimistic is that they will finally get to see 2014 draftee Joel Embiid in action for the first time. 

The 22-year-old has endured a tough time with injuries since he was selected with the third pick two years ago, but it seems he is ready to make his professional debut next season. 

Having had surgery on his foot before being chosen by Philly, Embiid's recovery was held up after a slow recovery process, then a second round of surgery during the offseason of 2015.

In his latest post on Instagram, the young center could not contain his excitement for the season ahead and used the hashtag 'finally fit' as he continues his preparations for 2016-17.

Embiid's one year in college with the Kansas Jayhawks was enough to convince the organisation he could play a prominent role for them in the future.  Averaging 11.2 points and 8.1 rebounds per game, he was a dominant force before missing out on the NCAA tournament with an injury.


The Sixers are blessed with young talent in their frontcourt and may be inclined to let one of them leave to pursue a guard capable of taking them up the conference standings. 

Nerlens Noel, Jahlil Okafor and Jeremi Grant are all recent draft picks with big futures in the league, while the franchise is also rumoured to be bringing Dario Saric back from his stint in Europe.

Coupled with the decision to draft either Ben Simmons or Brandon Ingram, the organisation have a catalogue of potential. So much so that there is even talk they may trade away one of Noel or Okafor. 

The backcourt is where they struggle. The arrival of Ish Smith in late December saw a slight improvement in their fortunes as he created spaces and plays for the bigs to express themselves. 

However, there is little support alongside the point guard. The primary aim for the Sixers in the offseason will surely be to improve their guards. 

The only way is up for the Eastern Conference franchise after a season that saw them pick up ten wins. The emphasis has changed in Philly, it's now time for the players on the court to make good on their potential.

Nerlens Noel
Philadelphia 76ers
Atlantic Division
Eastern Conference
Joel Embiid
Jahlil Okafor

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