5 Most Intriguing Match-Ups on 2013 NBA Schedule for Philadelphia 76ers
5 Most Intriguing Match-Ups of 2013 for Philadelphia 76ers
There is more news across the NBA world this evening as the schedule for the 2013-14 season has been released. While we will certainly see some noteworthy matchups throughout the course of the season, including the always star-studded Christmas Day lineup, but one team that will not have a ton of nationally televised games is the Philadelphia 76ers.
It is with almost all amounts of certainty that the 76ers will be one of the worst, if not the worst, teams in the NBA this year. Their only star quality, entertaining television worthy player was Jrue Holiday, and he has now been shipped off to the New Orleans Pelicans.
The Sixers have young talent in Michael Carter-Williams and Nerlens Noel, but Noel won’t play until at least Christmas because of a knee injury and MCW isn’t highly marketable yet.
The reality is that the Sixers' rebuilding plan, the idea of gathering as many draft picks and cap space as possible, is a good one for the future. But let’s face it; very few people are going to want to see the trio of Evan Turner, Thaddeus Young and Spencer Hawes on a Thursday night TNT doubleheader or a Friday night ESPN matchup.
Long term, the Sixers will once again become relevant and exciting to watch in a few years if everything falls into place. But for now, when looking at the 2013 NBA schedule, here are the games to keep an eye on.
5. October 30 vs. Miami Heat
Opening night will be noteworthy for a few reasons: The Sixers will get the ultimate test right out of the gate by taking on the two time defending champion Miami Heat. This will also be the only time this year the team will be .500 or better, making it one of the few meaningful games of the season. It is also nice to open the season in front of your home crowd.
4. November 2 vs. Chicago Bulls
This is the only game the Sixers have that will be on something other than local TV. It will be on NBATV, and this matchup comes with a little bit of a back story. This will be the first time Derrick Rose faces the Sixers, the team he was up against when he tore his ACL in the playoffs, since the injury. It will be a good story to see how Rose responds this early in the season and how he performs.
3. November 4 vs. Golden State Warriors
I’m sure it was intentional to make some of the biggest games of the year in the first month for the Sixers, and the trend continues when Andre Iguodala returns to town as a member of the Golden State Warriors. In his two games against the Sixers last year, Iggy averaged a modest 12 points, four rebounds and four assists. The crowd will be fairly large this game, even if it is just to boo their former All-Star.
2. November 8 vs. Cleveland Cavaliers
Sixers fans have been waiting over a year to see Andrew Bynum play in the Wells Fargo Center; but unfortunately it will be for his new team. This might be one of the only two sellouts all year if Bynum is healthy enough to play, because the fans would love nothing more than to give him the typical Philly shower of boos. After the rollercoaster he put the team and the city through last year, the fans will be loud on this night to make sure Bynum doesn’t have a pleasant reunion.
1. November 29 vs. New Orleans Pelicans
While the greetings will certainly not be pleasant for Iggy or Bynum, I really hope it is a different story for Jrue Holiday. He makes his only trip back home to the Wells Fargo Center on November 29, and there will certainly be a large crowd on hand. Jrue really blossomed last year, and this trade pretty much caught everyone off guard. Hopefully the crowd comes out to pay respect to their former star in what could be the most electric night of the season.