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How many Sixers will make the 2020 NBA All-Star Game?

How many Sixers will make the 2020 NBA All-Star Game?

With training camp getting closer, there are plenty of topics to discuss involving the 2019-20 Sixers. Running the Give and Go are NBC Sports Philadelphia's Paul Hudrick and Noah Levick.

In this edition, we ask: How many All-Stars will the Sixers have this season?

Hudrick

The Sixers have one shoe-in All-Star with Joel Embiid. He’s the best big man in the Eastern Conference and, in one writer’s opinion, the best in the NBA. If he's healthy, he's in. I also have a hard time believing Ben Simmons won’t participate in his second All-Star game. If he brings that jumper we’ve seen over the summer to the regular season, he’s a lock.

The question will be about Tobias Harris — and possibly Al Horford. 

Harris probably should’ve been an All-Star last year but couldn’t crack the Western Conference’s deep roster despite a stellar first half with the Clippers. Now in the less talented East and with a bigger, more defined role in the Sixers’ offense, Harris should notch his first All-Star appearance. Harris has a chance to be the second-leading scorer on the East’s best team. That was good enough to get Khris Middleton into the game last season.

As for Horford, it should be an interesting debate. He hasn’t put up All-Star numbers recently, but he’s still one of the better bigs in the conference and is only one year removed from his 2017-18 selection. It could be a similar situation to Horford’s 2014-15 Hawks where four of the five starters of that 60-win Atlanta team were All-Stars. If the Sixers get off to a hot start, they could be looking at four guys getting in.

The prediction here is Embiid, Simmons and Harris all get in, but don’t be surprised if Horford sneaks in as well.

Levick

I think the Sixers will have three All-Stars for the first time since the 1986-87 season, when Charles Barkley, Maurice Cheeks and Julius Erving were selected. 

Joel Embiid would likely need to have a steep regression or suffer a serious injury to be excluded. Ben Simmons joined the club last year and, regardless of the state of his jump shot this season, should be among the best 24 players in the game. His assist numbers might take a hit with the departures of JJ Redick and Jimmy Butler, whom Simmons last season assisted 1.7 and 1.2 times, respectively. However, I expect Simmons to improve defensively and give more consistent effort on that end of the floor for a team that has the talent and mindset to be excellent there.

In his ninth NBA season, I think Tobias Harris will crack the All-Star Game for the first time. Harris now has the license to assert himself offensively and, you presume, will now be one of the Sixers’ main options late in games. He should score more than the 3.7 points per game he averaged in the fourth quarter last season. Defense will probably be an issue at times for Harris against the wings he’ll be asked to guard, but Embiid, Al Horford and company should help paper over his deficiencies. 

Horford will be valuable in many ways, including as a competent three-point shooter, excellent interior defender, elite passer and astronomical upgrade over any backup to Embiid the Sixers had last season. Four All-Stars isn't out of the question for the Sixers, but I don’t foresee the 33-year-old Horford making his sixth appearance.

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Uh Oh: Stephen A. Smith is predicting HUGE things for Sixers this season

Uh Oh: Stephen A. Smith is predicting HUGE things for Sixers this season

Stephen A. Smith's track record of predicting things is suspect to say the least.

So it's with great trepidation that Philadelphia 76ers fans should watch the below clip in which he predicts an NBA Finals appearance for Brett Brown's club this coming season.

Smith made the prediction on ESPN's First Take on Friday morning while sitting alongside NBA legend Magic Johnson (the joke about tampering with Giannis may have been the highlight of the segment).

"The Philadelphia 76ers are going to the NBA Finals," Smith declares. "I'm going to defer to my man Jalen Rose when he points out that Boston arguably has the best perimeter shooting team. We can't ignore that. Toronto lost Kawhi, ain't nothing to discuss. The Greek Freak, as phenomenal as he is, the combo of not having a reliable perimeter shot combined with Malcolm Brogdon being in Indiana..."

"My attitude is, I don't like the fact that Philly lost JJ Redick, that's a big loss to me," Smith continues. "The fact that Boston no longer has Al Horford and the Sixers do, not only somebody to pair with Embiid but to spell him whenever he's out. I'm going to believe Ben Simmons has been working on his shot. I'm going to believe Tobias Harris doesn't have to worry about co-existing with Jimmy Butler and that's a plus. I'm going to believe Josh Richardson can play at both ends of the floor..."

"I'm a little suspect on their bench, but I think the Sixers are going to be playing in June."

On the bright side for Philly fans, it's not like Smith is making some bold proclamation here. FiveThirtyEight's prediction model actually gives the Sixers the best chances of making the Finals of any team in the NBA given the East's weaker make up than the West. In fact, they give the Sixers almost twice as good a chance of doing so than the next closest Eastern contender the Bucks (54% vs. 27%).

So Stephen A. isn't going out on a limb, but it never feels great when he picks your squad in anything.

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Sixers tease new red Statement jerseys that differ from last season's

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Sixers tease new red Statement jerseys that differ from last season's

The Sixers' Statement Edition jerseys last year were the red uniforms that said "Sixers" across the front in an interesting script. It appears those jerseys will be different for the 2019-2020 season.

Chris Heck, President of the Sixers and Mr. #OnBrand, tweeted out an image of the new jerseys that look quite similar to last season's but instead of "Sixers" across the front they have the familiar "Phila" in script.

Give it a look below:

The jerseys also have the familiar stars down the side of the jersey. The team hasn't made an official announcement just yet so it's unclear what other details may have changed from season to season.

This Statement Edition will join the two regular jerseys, Icon Edition (standard blue) and Association Edition (standard white), alongside the recently unveiled Classic Edition jerseys that feature a throwback to the 70s look with that very interesting "Seventy Sixers" across the front and Ben Simmons sitting in a dope old-school car.

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