76ers GC are coming off an excellent season, winning THE TIPOFF for the 2nd year in a row and making it all the way to the NBA 2K League Finals before falling to T-Wolves Gaming. After two full seasons, they are the winningest team in league history and head into the season as one of the favorites to win the title. With a stacked roster and maybe the best coach in the entire league, it might be time to start asking, “could this be the best team in league history?”
Coach: Jeff Terrell (Season 2 Coach of the Year)
It’s hard to describe Coach Terrell as anything but groundbreaking. His success in the 2K League is unmatched and he enters Season 3 as the reigning Coach of the Year. His combination of offensive game planning, defensive structure, and people skills have seen him blow the doors off of what is considered a “coach” in the league. He is beloved by his players and has an uncanny ability to know how to get the most out of each of them. He has yet to win the ultimate prize and raise the NBA 2K League trophy, but with this team and him at the helm, it might be closer than he thinks.
Season 2 Team MVP: Radiant (Point Guard)
Radiant may not be the best dribbler or passer or pure scorer, but he is undoubtedly the best combination of all three as a point guard. Voted No. 1 by his fellow players in the #Glitchy25, Radiant averaged 19.6 PPG, 10.5 APG and shot 54.6% from the field in all competitions, cementing himself among the league’s elite tier of players. Despite the accolades, he has one thing on his mind as he told us last year. Awards mean nothing, he just wants to win championships. Expect him to remain one of the league’s more feared and respected players in Season 3.
Best Stat From Season 2: Opponents’ 3-point shooting %
Season 2 was all about perimeter shooting and whether or not you stood a chance defending against it. For 76ers GC, this was a walk in the park. They held opponents to just 42% shooting from behind the arc last season, a full 4.5 percentage points lower than the league average (46.5%). The Jeff Terrell defense is just different.
– Acquired: Scretty + 2020 3rd Round pick
– Traded: 2020 1st + 2nd Round pick
USERPICK (#47 overall)
TuckerLocksUp (#67 overall)
The offseason strategy for 76ers GC was simple: run it back. They got as close to doing so as possible, retaining three of their best players in Radiant, BreadwinnerLA, and Steez, and trading their 1st and 2nd round picks to Gen.G during the expansion draft to keep ZDS at home in Philly. With their top four set, they went into the draft looking for a new lock and 6th man and were able to acquire high-level players at both spots. USERPICK spent Season 2 with Wizards DG, and he was one of the best shooting locks in the entire league and should serve as a fine replacement for Newdini. He didn’t play with the level of defender that BreadwinnerLA was last season, so bringing his defensive mind to this team is only going to make them (somehow) better on the defensive end. TuckerLocksUp has been a 6th man for the past two seasons and should fit right into their team chemistry wise.
6th man: TuckerLocksUp
Not too much needs to be said about this star-studded starting 5. They were one of the best lineups on both ends of the floor last season and with Radiant at the helm, it should continue to dominate. Steez can play some SF as well, giving them some flexibility if they’d ever want to bring Tucker in at the 5. This team will play the usual pick-and-roll with Radiant and Steez and it will just be flat-out better than other teams. It always helps to have superstars at important positions.
Season 3 Breakout Candidate: Scretty
You may see Scretty’s name and ask yourself, ‘Didn’t he break out last season?’ The answer is yes, but maybe not as much as he could’ve. Scretty proved last year that he’s a very good sharp and took a leap that very few players matched from Season 1 to Season 2, yet his name still isn’t mentioned among the Arooks/Swizurk/Bsmooves of the world. This isn’t about talent, it’s about consistency. One day he’s breaking the individual scoring record for Season 2 and the next he’s dropping back-to-back games with single-digit points. That could change this season. A third season playing next to Radiant and another under the tutelage of Coach Terrell should hopefully solve whatever consistency issues he was facing last season and officially launch him into that tier 1 sharp category.
Season Outlook: Title or Bust, Maybe Best Team Ever?
The best-case scenario for most teams is winning a title, but that’s not always a serious projection for every team. For this team? The best-case scenario is not only winning the title, but putting together the best season in league history. They have every single box ticked for what makes an elite team in this league. Elite PG? Got it. Lock who can shoot? Just drafted one. A sharpshooter who can catch fire at any time? Now in his 3rd year with the team. Elite defensive frontcourt that brings the stage presence with them? Not many better combos out there than Bread and Steez. Add in their fantastic facility and the reigning Coach of the Year? Hold on to your hats folks, we may have front row seats to something truly special, and anything less than another Final 4 finish would come at a surprise to most fans. 76ers GC is elite and heads into the season looking for vengeance…and a ring.