It has definitely been a pretty exhilarating start to the season for the Sixers through their first ten games. Brett Brown’s team finds themselves in a four-way tie for the 3rd seed in the Eastern Conference, along with the Knicks, Magic, and Raptors, with all the teams currently boasting a 6-4 record.
The Sixers, currently running a five-game win streak after last night’s 104-97 win against the Utah Jazz, have even played extremely well in their losses that led to a 1-4 start to the year. Chemistry between the players on the team seems to be building more and more with every tip-off and it’s a wonderful process to watch.
With all of the excitement continuing to add up after each game played, here are some significant factors I’ve noticed so far through the first 10 games:
Sixers fans are witnessing greatness before their eyes right now in watching Ben Simmons put his basketball skills on display. He has a double-double in every single game he has played to start his career, and it took him only nine games to record two triple doubles, a feat that has only been accomplished by the great Oscar Robinson. Watching him maneuver past defenders night in and night out has been special to watch, and Sixers fans are going to be seeing a great deal of that for many years to come.
After a rough couple of games to start the season, Dario has been slated into the starting role for the Sixers and it has paid off tremendously for both Dario and the team. During the game against the Jazz on Tuesday night, it was said on air that Dario has said he is more comfortable starting games than coming off the bench. After Dario’s surge in production, it will be interesting to see if the starting lineup changes or remains the same once Jerryd Bayless returns, and all of the starters are at full strength.
Man, is it great to have Holmes back playing for the Sixers. After missing the first eight games of the season due to a fractured wrist, he returned and played good minutes in the last two games, coming off the bench against the Indiana Pacers last Friday and then starting Tuesday against the Jazz because Joel Embiid sat out. While the numbers aren’t great, averaging 6.0 PPG and 5.0 RPG, he provides a crucial spark off the bench and his energy is really unmatched by any other player when he’s on the court. It will be great to see him getting minutes going forward and improving the Sixers bench play.