76ers rumours: Doc Rivers calls the team the most talented coach

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Head Coach Doc Rivers of the Philadelphia 76ers.

The Philadelphia 76ers have poured countless resources into building a talented team since doing just the opposite about a decade ago. Talented players like Jimmy Butler, Joel Embiid, James Harden, Ben Simmons and Tyrese Maxey have all called the City of Brotherly Love home in recent years.

As a result, Sixers head coach Doc Rivers has fielded some seriously talented rosters in his two years at the helm. Still, the Sixers were a mediocre team offensively (113.5 offensive rating) and only slightly above average defensive (110.8 defensive rating) last season.

Even more troubling was a bench unit that finished 27th in assists and 28th in goals last season.

But after a summer of strong additions, the Sixers are looking retooled for a deep postseason run. And head coach Doc Rivers boldly claimed that this iteration of the Sixers is the best he’s coached since he was in Philadelphia.

“It’s the best talent I’ve had since I’ve been here.” said rivers at a presser for the Sixers’ media day on Sept. 26.

But Rivers was quick to add that talent alone isn’t enough to succeed in the league.


Rivers: Need more than ‘talent in this league’

Immediately after Rivers made the bold assessment of Philadelphia’s roster, he made sure to provide some clarity.

“If you think you’re going to make it in this league on talent alone, you’re crazy.” rivers explained.

Rivers’ point is spot on. Talent does matter: The Golden State Warriors won last season’s finals thanks in large part to season stars in Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.

But the Warriors also benefited from an extensive roster that included players like Jordan Poole, Gary Payton II and Jonathan Kuminga. Likewise, the Boston Celtics ran their finals run with a healthy mix of stars in Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, but also able contributors in Marcus Smart, Grant Williams and Robert Williams.

Talent was never an issue for Philadelphia. But the team has yet to prove that the sum can be greater than its otherworldly parts. And Rivers has a lot of work to do next season to find team cohesion.


Rivers: “We have to become a team”

Rivers also noted in his presser that the Sixers must work hard to “become a team.”

That’s truer than ever this summer after Philadelphia added no fewer than four new faces to the roster. Montrezl Harrell, Daniel House, De’Anthony Melton and PJ Tucker should undoubtedly go a long way towards bolstering the quality of Philadelphia.

But new players mean those players need to get on the same page in terms of play calling, defensive philosophy and simple chemistry on the ground. And chemistry only comes with time.

Luckily, several Sixers have experience playing together, albeit not in Philadelphia. James Harden played with House, Tucker and Harrell in Houston while Rivers Harrell trained for the Clippers in Los Angeles.

A certain level of familiarity will help foster that chemistry. But by the looks of it, the Sixers have a handful of players returning and a handful making their first appearances to camp in red, white and blue.

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