The Sixers' All-Decade Team
The last decade for the Sixers has been an absolute roller coaster. From the Doug Collins era to the Process to back-to-back 50-win seasons, it’s been a wild ride. As we near 2020, we look back on the Sixers’ All-Decade Team.
(Here are Tom Haberstroh's predictions for the All-Decade team of the 2020s.)
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Ben Simmons (2017-Present)
Though Simmons may have a fundamental flaw, there’s no denying the 2017 No. 1 overall pick has freakish abilities. After sitting out a season, Simmons came back to win Rookie of the Year and then became an All-Star last season. Still just 23, Simmons looks well on his way to All-Defensive Team honors of some kind this season. His eight assists a game are the highest in franchise history.
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Jrue Holiday (2009-2013)
OK, so we’re cheating a little here, but cut us some slack. Holiday deserves love on this list for a couple reasons. The first is that he was just very good here. He helped lead a surprise run to the Eastern Conference Semifinals in 2012 and was an All-Star in 2013. It was also his trade to the Pelicans that was the catalyst for the Process — though you could argue the trade ultimately went in New Orleans’ favor. Holiday has become one of the better two-way guards in the NBA.
Andre Iguodala (2004-2012)
Iguodala may be one of the most underappreciated athletes in Philadelphia sports history. No, he wasn’t the superstar that took the torch from Allen Iverson, but he was a pretty damn good player. The fourth overall pick in 2004, he was an All-Star in 2012 and was also a part of that team that lost to Boston in seven games. He’s in the top 10 in franchise history in assists, steals and points and has the ninth-most win shares. His tenure with the Warriors, which included a Finals MVP, has some making a Hall of Fame case.
Thaddeus Young (2007-2014)
If the Sixers’ front offices did one thing well before the Process started, it was find talent in the mid-to-late first round. Young was drafted 12th overall after a one-and-done season at Georgia Tech and went on to make the All-Rookie team. He’s in the top 10 in franchise history in steals and offensive rebounds. After a solid three-year stint with the Pacers, the 31-year-old is now a leader and mentor for the young Bulls.
Joel Embiid (2014-Present)
The most obvious pick on the list, Embiid fell into the Sixers’ lap with the No. 3 overall pick because of a navicular bone fracture. After missing two seasons, Embiid proved to be worth the wait. Since making the All-Rookie team, Embiid has made the last two All-Star games and has been named All-NBA and All-Defensive Second Team the last two seasons. Embiid’s career is on a ridiculous trajectory. His career scoring average of 24.1 is behind only Wilt Chamberlain and Allen Iverson. His 24.5 PER trails only Chamberlain and Charles Barkley. He has the highest rebounding percentage and usage rate in franchise history.
Elton Brand (2008-2012, 2015-2016)
We had to get the Old School Chevy in here. The current GM once signed what was called the "Philly max,” becoming arguably the biggest free agent signing in franchise history. Though Brand never regained his All-Star form, he was a solid player and strong leader for young Sixers teams.