The full NBA schedule hasn’t been announced yet, but there are some games that Sixers fans can finally mark on the calendar. The first of which is, of course, the first game. Philadelphia opens the season in Washington D.C. against the Wizards on October 18th. The game will be nationally televised on ESPN.
Markelle Fultz, the #1 overall pick this year, was raised in Prince County, Maryland, which is just 20 miles from where he will make his NBA debut.
Another game broadcasted nationally will see Philadelphia join in the NBA’s annual holiday slate of games. The Sixers will play the Knicks in New York on Christmas day.
It will be the first time since 2001 that the Sixers play on Christmas Day.
Finally, The Sixers will go overseas to play the Celtics on Jan. 11th, at the O2 Arena in London. It will be the team’s first overseas game in their history. The Sixers boast five foreign born players on their roster. One can understand why the NBA wants to send them overseas to help spread the game.
“It’s a global game, and we’re looking everywhere for the best talent,” Sixers President and GM Bryan Colangelo said on Thursday. “The league right now is over 25 percent foreign-born, or international, so it speaks to just how global the league is becoming.”
The team’s full schedule is expected to be released next week.