celtics trounced this philly team in 5 games without Kyrie/Hayward.....and they will be rolling out essentially the same team next season.The Cavs lost Lebron. Houston lost Ariza and "at best" they are going to replace him with Melo. They still haven't resigned Capella so that could go bad. And yet the Sixers probably had the worst off-season of top teams? The Sixers rolling out essentially the same 52-win team is not a negative when that team consists of a bunch of young players with considerable upside. The reality distortion field on here is extremely strong regarding the Sixers.
I dont see them as a threat. They are a media hyped team. They probably had the worst off-season of most top teams.
The Celtics are adding Gordon Hayward to their team this offseason and were able to bring back both Smart and Baynes went few thought we would. The Warriors got Cousins. The Raptors got Green and Leonard for Demarr. Depends whether you think Carmelo is completely cooked or not, but I do think losing Ariza will hurt them. The Thunder got Noel, Schroeder and brought George back I think it is fair to say of the top 6 teams for champs odds the 76ers had the second worst off season. Certainly not as distorted as you make it sound, but few things are.
Gordon coming back from injury should help us a lot but it doesn't count towards our offseason grade. I thought it was quite likely that both Smart and Baynes would be back. I never thought there was much of a market for Smart this offseason. The question in my mind was whether Smart would end up back on the QO. Houston made significant improvement on defense last season. Carmelo and Harden on the court together is going to be a big step back. Bringing back George was obviously good for OKC but don't think much about adding Noel and Schroeder.
I'd say the Sixers offseason is definitely better than the Cavs and Houston. GSW signing Cousins may not be meaningful at all. Who knows when he'll come back and at what level he'll play. In any case, he's almost certainly just going to be there this year.
Significant Sixers offseason moves have been:
Draft Bridges and trade him for Smith and an unprotected 2021 1st. I'd put Bridges and Smith on the same tier of draft prospect although Bridges is more ready to contribute now. Picking up an unprotected 1st makes this a good offseason move.
Redick resigning on a significantly smaller 1 year deal is also a good offseason move.
Lost Ilyasova and Belinelli and traded TLC and Anderson. However acquired Muscalla and Chandler. I'd say this is a wash so far. If the Korver for Bayless trade gets done, it becomes a positive move for the Sixers and they still have the room exception to use.
It isn't the pie in the sky offseason but that is still a pretty good offseason.