5 Reasons to Embrace the Philadelphia 76ers’ Hot Start
5 Reasons Fans Should Embrace 76ers' Hot Start
“Winless for Wiggins” was supposed to be the theme of the 2013 Philadelphia 76ers. No one told the head coach and the guys on the court that was the plan. The Sixers had a week to remember and a week that no one thought would ever be possible, going 3-0 with wins against the Miami Heat and Chicago Bulls and on the road against the Washington Wizards.
So far the Sixers have been one of the most exciting teams to watch in the young NBA season. They came out and put up a 19-0 lead against the Heat and held on to win. They also have comeback wins against the Wizards and Bulls. In fact they trailed by 20 points against the Bulls before going on a tear in the third quarter.
Michael Carter-Williams is playing out of his mind right now and is easily the early front-runner for rookie of the year averaging 20.7 points, 4.7 rebounds and nine assists in three games. Evan Turner is averaging 23 and has a PER of 20.5. And Spencer Hawes is playing like everyone hoped he would at some point in his career with 19.3 points and 11.3 rebounds.
Of course all of this is early and there’s no way the Sixers can keep up this shooting pace all season long with the roster they have assembled. But regardless it has been really fun to watch this team compete and play with heart.
There has been a lot of talk of discouragement in the fact that the Sixers have been winning games by saying it is taking away from the plan to tank for a high draft pick next season. Anyone that claims to be a fan of the Sixers cannot root for them to lose no matter who they could get in the draft. This team has been a joy to watch for three games, and whether it continues or not here are five reasons to embrace what you have seen so far as Sixers fans.
5. The Struggle of Philadelphia Sports in General
The Philadelphia Eagles have been inconsistent to say the least and sit at 4-5. The Philadelphia Flyers are one of the worst teams in the NHL right now, and the Philadelphia Phillies have now missed the playoffs for two straight years. This city desperately needs something to root for.
4. Michael Carter-Williams Providing Glimpse of Future
MCW has gone up against Derrick Rose and John Wall the past two games and has dominated for the most part. His length is absurd, and he is a major disruption on the defensive end. He has also knocked down a decent percentage of his outside shots. It’s scary how good he could be if he continues to do so.
3. Electric Offense
Not only were the Sixers bad last year, they were flat out boring with too many long two point shots, too many isolations and no trips to the free throw line. So far this season the Sixers are averaging 110 points per game and are getting career performances from Hawes and Turner.
2. Runnin' and Gunnin'
Another major contribution to 110 points per game is 18.7 fast break points per game, good for 7th in the league and up almost six points from last season’s total. A big factor to this in Tony Wroten’s ridiculous speed when he comes in off the bench, getting to the lane at will.
1. Why Not Now?
The Sixers are having fun and proving every single person wrong so far this season. They are proving they don’t need the top pick in the draft to find stars when they might have gotten the two best players in the draft at No. 6 and No. 11. They are building towards the future while still seeing young players contribute. Why not now is a fair question to ask.