/Charles Barkley: Playoffs are 'a definite' for 76ers this year

Charles Barkley: Playoffs are 'a definite' for 76ers this year

Hall of Famer-turned-analyst Charles Barkley is confident that one of his former squads, the Philadelphia 76ers, will find themselves in the postseason come April.

“The playoffs are a definite for the Sixers this year,” Barkley told CSN Philadelphia on Friday. “ … If (Joel) Embiid is healthy and (Ben) Simmons is healthy, I think they’re definitely gonna make the playoffs. Obviously the injury thing has really hurt them the last couple years. But if those two guys are healthy, I think both of them are terrific players. Now you’ve got (Markelle) Fultz, you’ve got JJ (Redick). They’ve done some good things with the guys coming off the bench. (Dario) Saric was fantastic last year.

“If they don’t make the playoffs, I’d be totally shocked.”

To Barkley’s point, the Sixers’ future hinges on the health of its young franchise cornerstones — perhaps more than any other team in the league.

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