Dwyane Wade: Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid, 76ers Are Future of NBA

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistApril 25, 2018

PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 24: Ben Simmons #25 of the Philadelphia 76ers drives on Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat at Wells Fargo Center on April 24, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
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After the Philadelphia 76ers knocked his Miami Heat out of the first round of the 2018 NBA playoffs, Dwyane Wade sees greatness in the team that beat him.

He discussed the Sixers' future Tuesday after their series-clinching 104-91 Game 5 victory at the Wells Fargo Center, via NBA TV:

The No. 3 seed Sixers earned a 4-1 series win over the Heat, winning three of the games by double digits.

Wade specifically mentioned Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid, two players with bright futures who can already be considered among the best in the league at their positions.

Embiid, 24, earned an All-Star selection in his first full season while averaging 22.9 points and 11.0 rebounds per game. Simmons, 21, is one of the favorites to win the Rookie of the Year award after averaging 15.8 points, 8.2 assists and 8.1 rebounds per game.

With other players under 25 years old like Dario Saric and Markelle Fultz, there is clearly a lot of potential on the roster.

Of course, the scary thing for the rest of the league is that they are just as dangerous in the present.

Philadelphia ended the season on a 16-game win streak to get to the No. 3 seed and made quick work of the Heat in Round 1. Wade also admitted the squad benefited from the first-round matchup.

"They grew up and they learned some things from us," the veteran said.

Wade is at the twilight of career at 36 years old, so he won't need to face this group much more as it matures, but his words can serve as a warning for the rest of the NBA.

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