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5 Reasons to be Optimistic as a Philadelphia 76ers Fan

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5 Reasons for 76ers Fans to be Optimistic

Howard Smith

Two years ago was an exciting time to be a Philadelphia 76ers fan. They snuck into the playoffs as an eight seed and were able to upset the Chicago Bulls thanks to an injury to Derrick Rose. Then the Sixers fell just one win short of reaching the Eastern Conference Finals in a hard-fought series against the Boston Celtics.

The crowd was electric during that postseason run, and the basketball buzz was back in the city of Philadelphia. But as quickly as it came, it can all spiral downward just as fast.

The Andrew Bynum experiment literally sucked the life out of this city. He was supposed to be the cornerstone of the franchise and the one piece that was going to put them over the top. But instead, he never played a game and bolted out of town and sent this franchise into a complete rebuild.

When you invest future draft picks, young talent and an established All-Star caliber player to get what you think it is a superstar, you hope for a little more return than the Sixers got from Bynum. The event still stings Sixers fans to this day because they are now going to witness what is likely to be one of the most unsuccessful seasons in franchise history.

But there is hope, Sixers Nation. This year will certainly be tough to endure, but if you keep thinking big-picture, you will see your favorite team enter the topic of relevance again soon. Here are five reasons to remain optimistic this year, Sixers fans.

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5. Next Year's Draft

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Assuming the Sixers are bad next year and that the New Orleans Pelicans miss the playoffs, the Sixers will have two top-14 picks in a loaded draft class. The hope is there for studs like Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker or Julius Randle to sport a Sixers uniform in 2014, and that will make this year of torture all worth it.

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4. Two Lottery Picks

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Speaking of this year’s draft picks, the Sixers started their rebuilding process by getting their point guard in Michael Carter-Williams and their center in Nerlens Noel. Both players will win the hearts of Philly fans because of their hustle and work ethic, and should fit right in with the blue-collar city.

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3. Minimal Long-Term Commitments

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Every move the Sixers have made this offseason has been carefully calculated as to not jeopardize long-term financial flexibility. Assuming the team doesn’t give Evan Turner a qualifying offer, the only contracts on the books for 2015 will be Thaddeus Young, this year’s two first-round picks and next year’s two first-round picks. The roster that competes a few years down the road will be young and exciting to watch for a long time.

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2. New Voice on the Bench

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The best part of these new-look Sixers and the thing fans should be most excited about is that they don’t have to watch an anemic offense jack up long twos and watch one guy dribble the ball for 20 seconds and shoot. New coach Brett Brown will squeeze every ounce of talent out of his roster, and he is the perfect guy to build a team on the court.

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1. New General Manager

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With Sam Hinkie taking over, it appears for the first time in years that the 76ers have an actual plan, albeit a painful one. Hinkie knows he doesn’t have the talent to compete, so they are going to rebuild through the draft and free agency. One thing I can promise you is that he won’t be making any foolish, Kwame Brown $6 million multi-year contract signings.


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