It's pretty astonishing how bad they actually were/are at at drafting, developing, hiring and trading. And that list leaves out all of the failed Process picks before before Joel as well as the minimal trade return for, well... .everyone.
And yet when I read that list, I can't say choosing Simmons over Butler and choosing Fultz over Tatum was actually dumb at the time (though the trade was). And Tobias only got that contract because of his age and the Bird rights; there weren't really other options (besides Jimmy of course but point 1 more salient there).
As with all the Philadelphia teams it starts above the front office. The Eagles have a good owner. The Phillies owner started to figure it out. The other two teams not so much. With the Colangelo thing being the hugest failing of all, since that was all ownership (whether they wanted the move or kowtowed to the NBA).
The huge flop today made it feel like they were just as devastated and dysfunctional as any of the other years, even though I don't think they were.
And I'm afraid it always comes back to Joel too. Was he hindered by injury? Probably. But that's always gonna be the case. And they never seem to have quite the right offense and players around him. He was the MVP but he was not as his best. Harden's a HOF but it's not 2019. And just as Harris has never truly been the third start Maxey not quite ready to be the second one (but god knows he was at times).
So... Monty Williams? Cut Harden loose (he can also cut himself loose)?