The Philadelphia 76ers are just 24-1 to win the 2021 NBA Finals, according to FanDuel.com, as five other teams are listed with shorter odds.
But new Sixers president of basketball operations Daryl Morey believes the team, now with the additions of Seth Curry, Danny Green, Dwight Howard, and rookie Tyrese Maxey—and the departures of Al Horford and Josh Richardson—can contend for a title.
"Yeah, I do think this is a team that can contend," Morey told Jon Marks & Ike Reese on Tuesday afternoon. "I like that, teams are—feels like we're coming from the underdog part of it. You don't have to go back about one year—towards the end of the season the Sixers were forecasted to be right there with Milwaukee in the East and everyone obviously did not play quite as well as that. I prefer to be in this spot, where everyone thinks we're like the sixth best team in the East and we'll shock people. So, I'm excited for that."
Morey was asked if he could envision Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid flourishing together on the floor.
"I don't think you have to envision it, I mean you just have to look to the recent past," Morey said. "The teams with shooting and Ben and Joel on the floor together were winning by 20, 25 in their minutes they were on the floor, over the course of a game.
"I look to Doc [Rivers], Doc has already dug in, talking about how he wants to use everybody. Getting more easy baskets with Ben in the early parts of the clock. Late in the clock might be a little more Joel time. I think Joel's versatility helps a lot here, where he can space or be in the paint. I know Doc is looking to use him at the elbows, using him that way with a whole bunch of actions that are hard to guard that [assistant coach] Dave Joerger has come up with. Ben is a super unique player and I'm going to learn more and more about him. Again, with the floor spaced I don't really know how teams are going to be able to slow him down."
You can listen to the full interview below.