Has Sixers' rebuild shown any real progress?

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Fans of the 76ers know the mantra: Trust the process.

That's what GM Sam Hinkie has been selling to the fan base, and for the most part, the die-hards have bought in.

But now that we're a few years into the rebuild, it may be time to assess whether or not it's working. Eric Freeman of Yahoo Sports wonders as much as part of his team preview for the upcoming season.

If Jahlil Okafor and Nerlens Noel turn out to be cornerstones, and if Joel Embiid can one day get on the court and reach his All-Star potential, then maybe all of the losing will have been worth it. But it's getting tougher and tougher to simply trust the process.

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