5 Reasons Why the Philadelphia 76ers will be Historically Bad in 2013
5 Reasons 2013 Sixers Will be Historically Bad
A drastic change has taken place over the course of a year for the Philadelphia 76ers. After being filled with optimism when finishing one game away from the Eastern Conference Finals in the 2011 season, they followed that up by going for it all with the acquisition of Andrew Bynum. 2012 resulted in a 34-48 record and zero games played for Bynum because of injury.
Now Sixers fans will have to suffer for the next couple years over the course of a long rebuilding process. It has begun with a new front office regime, led by the hiring of Sam Hinkie as the new general manager. Hinkie has come in and laid out a plan that although needed, will not make anyone to happy to have to sit through.
They drafted Michael Carter-Williams and traded Jrue Holiday for the rights to Nerlens Noel. Outside of those two players, they have no other guaranteed contracts after the end of the 2014-15 season. The plan is to build through the draft and to have a ton of cap space to try and lure some big money free agents; the Sixers are basically starting over.
So because of that and because of a young, inexperienced and minimally talented team, the Sixers will be bad this year. The question just remains how bad will they be? The 2011-12 Charlotte Bobcats have the worst winning percentage in a single season, going 7-59 in a lockout shortened season. The worst 82 game record was the 1973 Sixers, going 9-73. Here are five reasons why this year’s Sixers might challenge for that record.
5. No Long Ball
Look at the NBA Finals for proof enough that you need to be able to hit the long ball to win in this league; this Sixers team certainly will not. Outside of Jason Richardson (career 37 percent from three), no one on this team shoots better than 33 percent for their career. This takes one weapon off of the team’s offensive repertoire.
4. No Easy Points
On top of not getting the three point shot, look for the Sixers to also struggle again with getting to the free throw line. Points will be hard to come by in general this year, but the Sixers should be even worse than their 12.2 free throws made per game last year because the lack of a superstar won’t warrant any calls for this team.
3. No True Scorer
Even with Holiday leading the team last season with 17.7 points per game, the Sixers were still last in the NBA scoring only 93.2 points per game. Now the brunt of the scoring responsibilities will be handed to Evan Turner, Thaddeus Young and Spencer Hawes. This trio will not be able to improve on that 93.2 points per game; in fact it will probably be even worse.
2. Youth Movement
J-Rich and Kwame Brown are the only two players on the roster over the age of 25. The centerpiece of your new franchise is 19 years-old (Noel), and you will see major contributions from Arnett Moultrie (22), Lavoy Allen (24), and MCW (21). This is not a recipe for a winning team right away.
1. Winless for Wiggins
We have all heard the “Winless for Wiggins” campaign by now. Andrew Wiggins is going to be the next big superstar in the NBA, and the Sixers are going to do everything in their power to collect enough ping pong balls to try and land him.
The Sixers will be historically bad this year because they are trying to be, which is evident based on the roster they will assemble. Brace yourself Sixers fans; it’s going to be a bumpy ride in 2013.