It’s only September but it’s never too early to think about what the Philadelphia 76ers will be doing in June 2020.

Training camp hasn’t even started but expectations are set. It’s time for the Sixers to make the jump into the NBA Finals for the first time since 2001.

To accomplish that feat, Joel Embiid must be at his best when they need him the most.

It’s not rocket science

It almost goes without saying but any team with championship aspirations relies on its best player to get there.

Embiid must be healthy and available after the conclusion of the 82-game schedule.

He’s entering his sixth season since being drafted third overall in the 2014 draft. It’s time for him to accomplish something he hasn’t done yet.

During his first five seasons as a professional basketball player, he hasn’t finished a regular season healthy.

He missed his first two years completely. The next three regular seasons ended with a torn meniscus in his knee, an eye orbital fracture and several colds helping contribute to stomach issues.

That can’t happen this time around.

Sit some out, Joel

Based off the Sixers offseason moves, they might agree his health is of the most importance.

The Sixers have more depth behind Embiid now than ever before.

Al Horford and Kyle O’Quinn will help stabilize the defense when Embiid isn’t playing or just getting a rest.

They should allow for him to sit out about 20 regular season games, just like how the Toronto Raptors handled Kawhi Leonard.

Embiid shouldn’t play more than 65 games leading up to the playoffs. Even without him for about 20 games, they should be one of the top two seeds in the conference.

There’s no way to guarantee him getting to the playoff healthy but less wear and tear should dramatically increase his odds.

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