There really is no time like the postseason in sports. It is the time when the best of the best assert themselves, and the pretenders go home. Every sport’s postseason features its best competition and the most intense games. However, which sport has the very best postseason?
This is very difficult debate, as even the “worst” playoff sports have set the stage for some of the finest moments in all of sports. But without further ado, here’s Overtime’s take on which sport’s playoffs truly are the best.
The NBA Trade Deadline was just days away, and the Philadelphia 76ers wanted to trade a center. With Joel Embiid the center of the future and Nerlens Noel, Jahlil Okafor, and Richaun Holmes also on the roster, it made sense for the Sixers to trade at least one of their big men.
As we touched on back at deadline day, it seemed to make the most sense for the Sixers to either stand pat or cut their losses and trade Okafor, while re-signing Noel and letting Holmes grow as a center/power forward swingman. Of course, the Sixers did neither, dealing fan favorite Noel to the Dallas Mavericks in exchange for little-known forward Justin Anderson and a conditional draft pick, which would either become a single first rounder or two second rounders.
The trade was panned by critics all over social media before even giving the Sixers a chance to show their thought process. And as time has passed, it has become clear that even if what the Sixers did wasn’t the ideal move to make, it may turn out better than some people thought.
It is often said that you can never have too much of a good thing. In practice though, even an excess of a perceived strength can ultimately lead to weakness. This philosophy seems to be occurring for the Philadelphia 76ers. While the Sixers feature three stellar centers, plus rising Richaun Holmes as a fourth option, many pundits are seemingly eager for the Sixers to give up at least one of their players in a trade.
But is trading away a fine young player the best for the Sixers’ future? It may in end up being best for the Sixers to hold on to their bigs as a sort of insurance policy for the time being, and then making a move when the time is right.
I was never a big fan of basketball early on in my life, and who could blame me? Growing up in the mid 2000s, my local teams were the Philadelphia 76ers, New York Knicks, or New Jersey/Brooklyn Nets, hardly teams thought of as Eastern Conference powerhouses.
Nevertheless, I chose to follow the Sixers as a casual fan, mainly because they played in the same building as my beloved Philadelphia Flyers, and because they were a team rich in history that looked poised for an NBA comeback in the near future. However, this was about 2008, right around the time when the Sixers’ dramatic fall from grace ensued. They swapped coaches left and right, losing just about every key player they had in the process, and consistently made poor draft day and developmental decisions.
But times are different in South Philadelphia now. Those same Sixers, the lovable losers and perennial laughingstocks of the NBA for the last 10 years, are now the winners, the toast of the town. Attendance at the (Wells Fargo) Center has skyrocketed, and Philly fans have something to smile about on the hardwood.