The Philadelphia 76ers are 2-0. You read that right. New head coach Brett Brown has done a masterful job coaching this crew of supposed misfits and castoffs as he has this team playing hard from whistle to whistle for 48 minutes.
Michael Carter-Williams continued his stellar rookie campaign. He finished with 14 points, five assists and three rebounds. He looked smooth and in control of the offense the whole night. You wouldn’t know he was a rookie. The big offensive contributors were Thaddeus Young and Evan Turner. Thad was simply everywhere as he finished with 29 points and nine boards. His hustle was rewarded as he abused the Washington Wizards forwards in the post all night long.
Turner is quickly becoming this team’s go to scorer. He finished with 23 points including an efficient 10-18 line from the field. Turner is slowly but surely improving his trade value more and more. With the numbers he’s putting up offensively so far averaging 20-plus points per game and a solid number of rebounds for a combo guard he could see himself get an All-Star bid.
It is possible he isn’t in the Sixers plans but some team will want a guy like Turner either off their bench or in their starting 5. The Sixers being 2-0 may be the biggest surprise story of the year so far. It was widely expected that they would lose and lose big. People even talked about the Sixers setting the all time loss record.
Not under the blue collar Brown. He demands his players give effort and hustle night in and night out even if they are the less talented team. He was clearly the right choice to coach this young squad.
In a season where the Sixers were supposed to “tank” the players, and this team are hearing none of it. They are playing their butts off for this coach and city. As long as that keeps up, they could be the surprise of the NBA season.