The Philadelphia 76ers are one of the favorites to represent the East in the NBA Finals and maybe even win it all. They are atop the conference with a stellar win-loss record, but dissection of their impressive record reveals the Sixers are the best team in the clutch.
Through Sixers reporter Brian Seltzer, Philly holds a record 75 percent of wins in clutch games. That says a lot about their ability to perform under pressure situations – an imperative trait only elite teams possess.
One of my favorites @sixers Statistics?
They are now 24-8 in clutch sets. The .750% win is by far the best in the league.
– brianseltzer (@brianseltzer) May 4, 2021
As the Sixers have qualified for the playoffs for four consecutive years, the 2020-21 NBA season can be considered their breakthrough year. As of this writing, they are the kings of the East. More than their track record, analysts and fans alike were impressed with their style of play.
Head coach Doc Rivers did a great job using Joel Embiid’s prowess in the paint. Before, he would panic and make the wrong decisions when he was on a double team. Now the Sixers’ center remains calm and serene, carefully reading the play before making a decision.
The addition of veterans Danny Green and Dwight Howard seemed to have incorporated a winning attitude within the club. Yes, they don’t punish their opponents every night, but both have racked up tons of experience over the years. Fans don’t see what’s going on off the pitch, but it’s easy to imagine Green and Howard giving Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid some of the secrets they’ve learned.
Critics might say the playoffs are a different beast and that the Sixers’ win-loss record doesn’t guarantee a deep playoff series. However, their clutch record reveals what the team is capable of.