Philadelphia 76ers: 4 bold predictions for the rest of the season

With the Philadelphia 76ers now ready to go for a late-season charge after the All-Star break, here are four bold predictions for the team for the rest of the season.

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2. Buddy Hield will average north of 20 points per game for the 76ers

Since arriving to Philadelphia from Indiana, Buddy Hield has been a big force as a scorer, tallying 22.3 points per outing in four appearances so far. Look for that number to hover around where it currently is for the rest of the campaign.

Nick Nurse has given Hield the ultimate green light to fire away from anywhere on the court and it has paid off in a major way. The veteran sharpshooter has canned 45 percent of his three-point tries on a Curry-like 10 attempts a night. But even is his conversion rate declines a bit, Hield’s volume shooting ensures that he will always be an eye-popper in the boxscore, for better or for worse.

Hield is expected to remain in the starting unit even with De’Anthony Melton returning from a long absence. Add that to the fact that the coaching staff has given him a robust serving of court time, and the 76ers will surely have another 20-point scorer on the team as they try to hold down the fort without Embiid as a collective.