The NBA is set to return from Disney in Orlando in July. And while we know there has been a debate over the merits of the championship and how the layoff will impact play, any title chase provides an opportunity. Sports Illustrated host Robin Lundberg talked with SI's Ben Pickman and "The Fantasy Exec" Corey Parson about which players and/or teams have the most gain when the season resumes.
Read the full video transcript below:
Robin Lundberg: The NBA is on the way back, but who has the most to gain when the playoffs actually start? For more on that, I'm joined by our Ben Pickman and the Fantasy Exec Corey Parson, and Corey, let's start with you. Who could improve their status the most here?
Corey Parson: I look at some of the teams that have some of these young rising stars in the NBA, guys like Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons with Philadelphia. During the regular season, they weren't really showing too well, but now they get a chance to rebound. You look at a guy like Donovan Mitchell coming back with his Utah jazz team. Now he steps in, he becomes the leader, puts him in a big spot. You look at a guy like in Oklahoma City with SGA. So there's plenty of young stars out there. Pascal Siakam, who is also already a champion. Maybe he takes his team deep. We already know LeBron and James Harden and Giannis I think we're ready to see some of these young stars develop their game.
Robin Lundberg: You know, Corey mentioned some individuals there. Ben, I know you think there's a particular team.
Ben Pickman: Yeah. And Corey actually mentioned some of the key parts of the particular team I think has the most to gain. I think that would be the Philadelphia 76ers led by Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid. Now the Sixers had just thirty-nine wins when the league stopped playing. This is Brett Brown's seventh season. There's a lot of pressure on the Sixers to make a deep postseason run, potentially to save Brown's job and the job of Elton Brand, the team's general manager. And so I think they could, with a deep postseason run, keep a number of jobs and we could see the Sixers and the narrative around the team change. They've underperformed a little bit last year in the postseason. They overperformed the year prior. Seven seasons of Brett Brown, as I mentioned, this is their third good team, basically. And it's time for a deep postseason run for Philadelphia.