Joel Embiid, Sixers ranked 11th in ESPN’s early power rankings for 2023

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The 2021-22 season is officially over. The Golden State Warriors took home another title during this dynastic eight-year run, and all eyes are focused on the 2022-23 season.

The Philadelphia 76ers have decisions to make as they build around Joel Embiid and James Harden. For now, it looks as though Harden will be taken care of. He will opt in to his $47.4 million player option for the 2022-23 season, and indications point to him signing a two-year extension on top of that.

ESPN has put out its early power rankings for the 2022-23 season, and the Sixers come in 11th:

Who could’ve guessed it would be a drama-filled offseason in Philadelphia? Well, anyone, given that’s been the case for the past eight or nine years now. Next up for the 76ers? Deciding how to proceed with James Harden after making the blockbuster Ben Simmons trade to acquire him at the February trade deadline. Will Harden get the max? Will he pick up his option? Will the two sides compromise on something else? How both sides proceed will be a defining moment for the franchise as superstar center Joel Embiid hits his prime and will be on his own supermax deal for the next several seasons.

On top of the Harden situation, the Sixers are looking to build an even stronger roster around those two. Tobias Harris is on the trade block and so is Danny Green. This will be another interesting summer for Embiid and Co., and everything they do will be watched intently.

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