Observations from the Philadelphia 76ers’ 2018 preseason action

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With the preseason nearing its conclusion, let’s look at some takeaways from the Philadelphia 76ers’ early action.

The 2018-19 NBA season is oh so close, and frankly, it’s about time. It feels like it’s been at least a decade since we’ve seen the Philadelphia 76ers take the court for a meaningful game.

But before this squad can hit the ground running to seek revenge for their early playoff exit and prove they’re still a top-three team in the Eastern Conference, there was some basketball to be played. The Sixers partook in four preseason games, including one against Melbourne United of the NBL (whom Brett Brown coached from 1988-93) and two against the Dallas Mavericks in China as part of the NBA’s annual China Games.

Now it’s important that we take what we see during this time with a grain of salt, because, you know, it’s the preseason. Defense isn’t really a factor, guys are trying to shake the rust off, and  it’s just not a true barometer of what the league could shape up to be this year. But there are still some trends worthy of being noted as we head into the regular season.

With that being said, here are some takeaways from the last few weeks of pre-season competition for the Sixers.