New Philadelphia 76ers head coach Brett Brown has got his work cut out for him. He has been handed a team with a lot of young, inexperienced and not super talented players. The Sixers are going through a rebuilding process that will take a few years and a few lucky bounces of the ping pong balls on draft night to make them a contender again.
Regardless of the circumstances basketball will still be played in Philadelphia this season. Brown will send out a starting lineup of Michael Carter-Williams, James Anderson, Evan Turner, Thaddeus Young and Spencer Hawes. This unit will be responsible for most of the scoring and expected to keep the team competitive because the bench is injury depleted and has no depth.
Looking at the schedule, the Sixers are going to have a tough time winning ball games this season. Three of their first four games are against teams that made it to at least the second round of the playoffs last season. In their first 41 games they have 20 at home and 21 on the road, including their annual six-game road trip over Christmas and New Year’s.
The hopeful return of Nerlens Noel and Arnett Moultrie sometime in January will give the team a boost during the second half of the season. It will at least provide a little depth so the Sixers won’t have to lean so heavily on their starting five. The easiest stretch the team will have will most likely be from mid-February to early March where they play five of seven at home and play the Orlando Magic twice and the Utah Jazz.
To add complete insult to injury, the Sixers open and close the season against the two time defending champion Miami Heat. Simply put this team does not have enough talent to compete this year, but they are taking steps in the right direction. Final Prediction: 22-60.