2017–18 Philadelphia 76ers season
The 2017–18 Philadelphia 76ers season was the 69th season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The team was 25-25 after the first 50 games, but finished the remainder of the season with a 27-5 record. It was the team's first 50-win season since 2000–01, when they last made the NBA Finals. The Sixers closed the regular season on a 16-game winning streak, a franchise record as well as becoming the only team in NBA history to end the regular season with 16 consecutive wins in the process (the winning streak continued in the playoffs, but was ended at 17 when the Miami Heat defeated them in Game 2 of the First Round).
|2017–18 Philadelphia 76ers season|
|Head coach||Brett Brown|
|General manager||Bryan Colangelo|
|Arena||Wells Fargo Center|
|Place||Division: 3rd (Atlantic)|
Conference: 3rd (Eastern)
|Playoff finish||Conference Semifinals|
(Lost to Celtics 1–4)
|Television||NBCSPHI, NBCSPHI+, 6ABC|
The Sixers had acquired the first overall draft pick from the Boston Celtics on June 19, four days before the 2017 NBA draft began in exchange for their third overall draft pick that year (which became Jayson Tatum) and another first round pick in 2019, their own or the Kings which ever is better (Sixers would get the pick if it was #1 overall). They used the 2017 first overall pick to select Markelle Fultz, who missed most of his rookie season due to injuries.
Center Joel Embiid became the first Sixers All-Star since Jrue Holiday in 2013.
They finished the regular season with 52–30 record, which clinched the third seed. In the playoffs, the 76ers faced the sixth-seeded Miami Heat in the First Round, and won in five games, advancing to the Conference Semifinals, where they faced their rivals, the Boston Celtics, losing in five games. It was the 20th meeting in the NBA Playoffs for these two franchises.
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|Round||Pick||Player||Position(s)||Nationality||College / Club|
|1||1||Markelle Fultz||PG||United States||Washington|
|1||25||Anžejs Pasečņiks||C||Latvia||CB Gran Canaria|
|2||36||Jonah Bolden||PF||Australia||KK FMP Beograd|
|2||50||Mathias Lessort||PF||France||Nanterre 92|
The Sixers ended the 2016–17 season with the fourth best NBA Draft Lottery odds and also due to trades had a chance to have the Lakers pick, which had the third-best odds of staying in the Top 3, as well as held the possibility to swap picks with the Sacramento Kings, depending on whether Sacramento moved ahead of them or not. It ended with them having the third pick of the 2017 NBA Draft thanks to the Sacramento Kings, while the Kings would end up with the fifth pick of the draft and the Lakers kept their pick as the second pick of the draft. Philadelphia would also have four different second round picks this year, with none of them being their original pick due to the aforementioned trade with Sacramento, but all of their second round picks would be acquired from the previous season via trades. Two of their second round picks were the incentive of trading away Kendall Marshall to the Utah Jazz, where Philadelphia would acquire the best and worst of four different draft picks this year. Another second round pick would be had in a trade deadline deal (alongside the incentive to swap their worst second round pick they acquired from Utah with the Atlanta Hawks) which included champion power forward/center Tiago Splitter in exchange for Ersan İlyasova. Their last second round pick would be acquired from the Dallas Mavericks, where they would have the Mavericks' second round pick this year and in 2020 and Justin Anderson in exchange for center/power forward Nerlens Noel. On June 19, three days before the day of the 2017 NBA Draft began, the 76ers would swap Duke University's Jayson Tatum, their #3 pick with the Boston Celtics (as well as either the Los Angeles Lakers' 2018 first round pick or the Sacramento Kings' 2019 first round pick as long as it isn't the #1 pick in 2019) in exchange for Boston's #1 pick, which ultimately became Markelle Fultz.
As the consensus #1 pick of the draft that year, Fultz showed off a considerable display during his freshman season at the University of Washington. While Markelle wound up being in a rather similar situation that his teammate and former #1 draft pick Ben Simmons had back at Louisiana State University before the 2016 NBA Draft, he did display some of the absolute best efforts he could have possibly provided Washington in what was otherwise a losing season for them. At his only season in Washington, Fultz provided an outstanding stat line of 23.2 points, 5.9 assists, 5.7 rebounds, 1.6 steals, and 1.2 blocks per game in only 25 games played for them; not only would those statistics be some of the best recorded in Pac-12 history in over 20 years (around the time the division was named the Pac-10), but he also was the first freshman to be named to record averages of at least 20 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists per game since LaDrell Washington back in the 1994-95 season. Under such results, he would obviously not only be named a member of the All-Pac-12 First Team, but also be considered a consensus All-American Third Team member for the effort he made to help Washington become competitive in spite of a losing season otherwise. On draft night, Philadelphia would end up trading away some of their second round picks in exchange for future assets, while also gaining a first round pick from the Orlando Magic in the process. In exchange for giving up a protected first round pick of sorts and a 2020 second round pick, the 76ers acquired the Magic's 25th pick, which became the Latvian center Anžejs Pasečņiks of the Herbalife Gran Canaria out in Spain. Throughout his international career, he became a three-time champion in his native land of Latvia before winning a Spanish championship and being named a member of the Liga ACB's All-Young Players Team in more recent years. After that, for the first of Philadelphia's own second round draft picks this year, they selected the Australian power forward Jonah Bolden, a former UCLA student before recently playing for the KK FMP Beograd out in Serbia. While not being particularly special at UCLA, Bolden received a second wind in Serbia by averaging 12.9 points, 7.2 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.0 steal, and 1.0 block per game with the FMP Beograd, which earned him the honor of being the Adriatic League's Top Prospect that year. After that, they would trade their next two second round picks (sophomore point guard Jawun Evans of Oklahoma State University and senior shooting guard Sterling Brown of Southern Methodist University respectively) to the Los Angeles Clippers and Milwaukee Bucks respectively in exchange for cash considerations that'd be had for usage once again on July 1. Finally, with their last second round pick, the 76ers selected the Martinique born French power forward Mathias Lessort of the Nanterre 92 in France's LNB Pro A. In his professional career out in France, Lessort won co-Sixth Man of the Year honors with Matt Howard back with Élan Chalon in 2016 before recently winning the French Basketball Cup and FIBA Europe Cup championships with the Nanterre 92.
|2017 pre-season game log|
Total: 2–3 (Home: 1–2; Road: 1–1)
Pre-season: 2–3 (Home: 1–2; Road: 1–1)
|2017–18 season schedule|
|2017–18 game log|
Total: 52–30 (Home: 30–11; Road: 22–19)
October: 3–4 (Home: 0–2; Road: 3–2)
November : 9–5 (Home: 6–2; Road: 3–3)
December : 5–10 (Home: 1–5; Road: 4–5)
January : 7–5 (Home: 5–1; Road: 2–4)
February : 8–3 (Home: 7–0; Road: 1–3)
March : 13–3 (Home: 7–1; Road: 6–2)
April : 7–0 (Home: 4–0; Road: 3–0)
|2017–18 season schedule|
|2018 playoff game log|
Total: 5–5 (Home: 3–2; Road: 2–3)
First Round: 4–1 (Home: 2–1; Road: 2–0)
Conference Semifinals: 1–4 (Home: 1–1; Road: 0–3)
|2018 playoff schedule|
|c – Toronto Raptors||59||23||.720||0.0||34–7||25–16||12–4||82|
|x – Boston Celtics||55||27||.671||4.0||27–14||28–13||12–4||82|
|x – Philadelphia 76ers||52||30||.634||7.0||30–11||22–19||9–7||82|
|New York Knicks||29||53||.354||30.0||19–22||10–31||6–10||82|
|1||c – Toronto Raptors *||59||23||.720||–||82|
|2||x – Boston Celtics||55||27||.671||4.0||82|
|3||x – Philadelphia 76ers||52||30||.634||7.0||82|
|4||y – Cleveland Cavaliers *||50||32||.610||9.0||82|
|5||x – Indiana Pacers||48||34||.585||11.0||82|
|6||y – Miami Heat *||44||38||.537||15.0||82|
|7||x – Milwaukee Bucks||44||38||.537||15.0||82|
|8||x – Washington Wizards||43||39||.524||16.0||82|
|11||New York Knicks||29||53||.354||30.0||82|
|2017–18 Philadelphia 76ers roster|
|June 19, 2017||To Philadelphia 76ers
Markelle Fultz (Pick 1)
|To Boston Celtics|
Jayson Tatum (Pick 3)
2018 first round pick (2 through 5 protected from the L.A. Lakers)
If pick does not convey in 2018, a first round pick in 2019 (with protections instead)
|June 28, 2017||To Philadelphia 76ers
2018 second round pick
|To Houston Rockets|
|July 6, 2017||To Philadelphia 76ers
|To Milwaukee Bucks|
Sterling Brown (Pick 46)
|To Philadelphia 76ers
|To Los Angeles Clippers|
Jawun Evans (Pick 39)
|December 7, 2017||To Philadelphia 76ers
|To Brooklyn Nets|
2019 second round pick
|Joel Embiid||Five-year, $148 million extension|
|Furkan Korkmaz||July 4, 2017||Anadolu Efes|
|J.J. Redick||July 8, 2017||Los Angeles Clippers|
|Amir Johnson||July 8, 2017||Boston Celtics|
|James Blackmon Jr.||August 30, 2017||Indiana Hoosiers|
|James Michael McAdoo||Two-way contract||Golden State Warriors|
|James Young||Two-Way contract||Wisconsin Herd|
|Larry Drew II||Signed 10-day contract||Sioux Falls Skyforce|
|Player||Reason Left||New Team|
|Alex Poythress||Unrestricted free agent||Indiana Pacers / Fort Wayne Mad Ants|
|Jacob Pullen||Waived||Mahram Tehran|
|James Michael McAdoo||Waived|
Awards and honorsEdit
|Joel Embiid||All-Star||1st All-Star appearance, first 76er voted to All-Star game since 2013|
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