Philadelphia 76ers 2012 NBA Season Preview

By Emily Gruver
Howard Smith

The 2012 NBA regular season has begun, and this is one of the most highly anticipated seasons for all Philadelphia 76ers fans. And this is all mainly because of the fact that during this past off-season it was practically Christmas for Sixers fans. The 76ers welcomed All-Star center Andrew Bynum to their family, and boy were they happy about this move. Bynum brings hope and a very bright future to this team.

The 76ers finished up the preseason with a 6-1 record, and all of those wins were very convincing. The Sixers kicked off their season against one of their old teammates, Andre Iguolada, and the Denver Nuggets on Halloween night, defeating the Nuggets 84-75.

As I mentioned before, the big storyline heading into this year’s season is Bynum and the impact he will have on this Sixers team. While some people are concerned about his health, others are concerned about how he will fit into this new role of being the number one option, and possibly their franchise player.  Every Sixers fan is hoping to see Bynum make an immediate impact. By looking at his stats as of last year, there is no doubt in my mind that he will. Last season, Bynum averaged 18.7 points, 11.8 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game. His presence on this roster will be huge for Philadelphia.

Bynum has been put into a great team, and I believe this is a great fit for him. The Sixers have a great coach in Doug Collins who loves to work his players hard and make them give their full effort, so hopefully he will push Bynum to do his best and not slack off.

Being the number one guy means big responsibility for Bynum. While with the Los Angeles Lakers, Bynum was usually the second or third option, but now he is the number one option, and might possibly be the 76ers’ franchise centerpiece if he chooses to sign an extension, something every Sixers fan is hoping for.

The 76ers also added some more great pieces this off-season, including Nick Young, Dorell Wright and Jason Richardson. These three guys will be a great fit for this Sixers team because they’re all great shooters and put up pretty good numbers.

The Sixers also drafted a few pretty good rookies, featuring Arnett Moultrie, a good shooterand Maalik Wayns, a tough and speedy hustle player. I feel that the 76ers are a perfect fit for these youngsters because of the coaching staff and players around them, featuring a few veterans and some young, talented players.

The Sixers are full of youth on their squad as well. Guys like Jrue Holiday and Evan Turner are ready to make a statement this year, and have to step up for this team to make a run in the playoffs. Holiday is only 22 years old and a player who I believe has a lot of potential in this league, and same goes for Turner.

Depth is a key feature on this team, with players that include, Nick Young, Thaddeus Young, Spencer Hawes and many more.

There will definitely be high expectations set for this team this year, but I believe in this team and that they are capable of doing great things. This is a young, talented team, with a very bright future.

This is where amazing happens.

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