Sixers announce pre-season schedule for 2022, with meeting with Ben Simmons

The Sixers finally announced their preseason schedule on Friday afternoon, so start preparing your hot holds and parry position when they get their first big moment in a meaningless game in October.

This is what the slate looks like.

Monday, October 3 @ Brooklyn Nets, 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 5 vs. Cleveland Cavaliers, 7 p.m.

Monday, October 10 @ Cleveland Cavaliers, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, October 12 vs. Charlotte Hornets, 7 p.m.

The headline game on the schedule, at least in theory, is this meeting with Ben Simmons and the Brooklyn Nets on October 3. Anyone can guess what the Nets will look like then, but if things remain stagnant on the trade front until practice camp, it could be the first time Simmons takes on the uniform in a game against his old team.

This comes with several important caveats, the first being that we don’t know if somebody important will play and when. The Sixers were selective with appearances for Joel Embiid and Tobias Harris in preseason last year, leaving Tyrese Maxey to do heavy lifting in shorthanded groups. With Maxey a year down and more important to their plans, it wouldn’t be shocking to see Philadelphia protect most of their important players during show season, starting with the stars and going through veterans like PJ Tucker.

The same logic applies to Brooklyn, obviously, and with Simmons coming off an extended layoff from real basketball, getting him into a game against the Sixers and snatching the Band-Aid in the preseason seems like the ideal scenario. But don’t ask me to predict what might happen with Simmons, because that’s been an exercise in futility for quite a while now.

(All of this assumes, of course, that Simmons stays with Brooklyn. If a Kevin Durant deal falls through, the Nets can’t trade for another player on a rookie max extension while Simmons is on the roster. Durant’s trade front has been quiet, so it’s a nightlight issue for now, but something to watch out for at least.)

Teams across all sports have shown how little they appreciate pre-season in recent years, mainly in football, where some key players barely play or sit completely outside the festivities to protect their bodies for the real ones. matches. You’d assume the Sixers will be cautious like most teams, though I’d be interested to see if they try to ramp up their chemistry building before the real games start. They managed to get some major reps to close out last season, and there’s continuity between Harden and the former Rockets guys, but every little detail adds up. Competition at the top of the Eastern Conference is expected to be tough again this season, and a quick start will be key to competing for one of the top seeds in the East.

Outside of the Brooklyn game, you’ll be able to see the Sixers take on some teams with some exciting young talent, though admittedly that won’t do much to test Philadelphia’s roster build. Two dates against the super-heavy Cavs won’t do much to prove whether Tucker and Harris are a viable forward combo — one of many fans’ top concerns heading into the season — and the Hornets are still in. limbo (contract and otherwise) with Miles Bridges, who faces three felony domestic violence charges stemming from an arrest this summer. I wouldn’t expect many regulars to play big minutes or maybe none at all in this preseason finale, so be prepared for a lot of Jaden Springer and Charles Bassey.

TV basketball, if you can believe it, is only a few months away. In the meantime, support yourself on preseason football (yuck) and regular season baseball.

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