When Josh Harris et al bought the Sixers back in 2011, how long did they expect it to take before the team contended for a title?
Dr. J provided some insight on that Wednesday.
Speaking to Jared Greenberg on SiriusXM NBA Radio to discuss the state of the Sixers' rebuilding process, Julius Erving disclosed the ownership group's timeline.
“I think the talk was about seven years," Erving said. "So I think it’s still in that timeline.”
Erving was then asked if that seven-year plan set in place by the team's ownership was to make the playoffs.
“No ... to be good,” Erving said. "To be good. To be formidable. To be a contender. So, that’s probably [the] '18 or '19 [season].”
The ownership group led by Harris purchased the team right before the 2011-2012 season. That timeline still appears to be accurate.
The Sixers have built a promising frontcourt with Nerlens Noel and Jahlil Okafor, who has had a productive summer league despite obvious flaws. They’re also hoping Nik Stauskas rebounds from a rough rookie season and lives up to the expectations that made him a lottery pick last year.
The major questions facing them are Joel Embiid’s health, the arrival of Dario Saric, and the point guard position. Embiid needs a second foot surgery and is out this season. Saric has one more year with Anadolu Efes before he can opt out of his contract, and he may not. If he waits until the 2017-18 season, Saric can receive a better deal because he'll no longer be on the rookie scale. Plus, the salary cap will have increased significantly.
By then, the Sixers will hopefully have their point guard of the future. The Lakers pick they received for the player who once held that title, Michael Carter-Williams, is top-three protected each of the next two seasons before becoming unprotected in 2018.