At long last, the Sixers 2016-17 Schedule has finally be released!  Here’s out breakdown of what you need to know going into this exciting season for Philly Basketball

Home Opener

It’s Official: Ben Simmons and the Philadelphia Sixers will begin the 2016-17 season at home on Wednesday, October 26th. The team begins it’s 68th Season facing off against the Oklahoma City Thunder, who themselves will be facing a season of transformation as the franchise adjusts to losing superstar Kevin Durant, who signed with the Golden State Warriors. Instead, the Sixers will face a team desperate to prove itself led by Russell Westbrook, who signed an extension this Summer.

The big story though is that, after going all last season without a primetime matchup, the Sixers will have their first game of the year televised on ESPN, who has decided the debuts of Ben Simmons and the Westbrook-led Thunder deserves national recognition. Who could argue?

Other Significant Dates

To the surprise of no one, this will not be the first year since 2001 to feature a Christmas Day matchup for the Sixers. Instead, the team will have to settle for another Boxing Day matchup, this time on the road in Sacramento against Boogie and the Kings.

For the 17th straight season, however, the Sixers will have a game on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, for those of you desperate to combine your NBA fix with a federal holiday. The Sixers will travel to Milwaukee to face Giannas and the Bucks in 2:30 afternoon start.

Meanwhile, you can look forward to at least two more nationally televised games this year to go along with the Home Opener. ESPN will carry another game on December 16th, when the Sixers host an 8 pm game against the Lakers; all eyes will be on Ben Simmons and Brandon Ingram as the top two picks of the 2016 draft face off the first time. If you can’t wait that long though, TNT will have you covered on Thursday, November 17th, when the Sixers travel to Minnesota to face off against KAT, Wiggins, and new addition Kris Dunn.

Lastly, the season will end on April 12th, when the Sixers travel to Madison Square Garden to face Carmelo Anthony, Derrick Rose, and the rest of the New York Knicks. If you can’t make it up to see the final game in person, you can rest easy knowing you’ll have a last chance to see this Philly squad play in the four home games they’ll have leading up to the finale.

City of All-Stars

Hey, we all know the real reason you buy tickets is to home games is to see your Sixers play. But if you need a little extra encouragement, here’s when a few slightly more…competitive teams come to town.

– Wednesday, October 26th: Oklahoma City Thunder, 8 pm

– Saturday, October 29th: Atlanta Hawks, 1 pm

– Saturday, November 5th: Cleveland Cavaliers, 7 pm

– Friday, November 25th: Chicago Bulls, 7:30 pm

– Sunday, November 27th: Cleveland Cavaliers, 1 pm

– Tuesday, January 24th: Los Angeles Clippers, 7 pm

– Friday, January 27th: Houston Rockets, 7 pm

– Wednesday, February 8th: San Antonio Spurs, 7 pm

– Monday, February 27th: Golden State Warriors, 7 pm

– Wednesday, March 29th: Atlanta Hawks, 7 pm

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