By Art Beitchman
With the huge trade the Sixers made last week to acquire James Harden, they find themselves with possibly the best 1-2 punch in the league.
The pairing with MVP candidate Joel Embiid gives the team a legit chance to win their first NBA title since 1983.
Even before Harden joins the team, possibly Tuesday versus the Boston Celtics, they have played really up-tempo defense, first to clamp down on a Thunder team Friday night, then beating the Cavs, who came in on a roll, on Saturday night. The Sixers turned up the defensive pressure and won 103-93.
Listening to the national media debate over who won the trade is laughable — as one wise NBA GM once said—“Whoever got the best player won the trade”, that still holds true in 2022.