5 Reasons Why The Philadelphia 76ers Will Win The 2013-14 NBA Title
The 2013-14 NBA Champions
At the beginning of the season everybody laughed when someone mentioned the Philadelphia 76ers organization. Three game into the season and they are still undefeated.
The roster is filled with inexperienced players, journeymen veterans, and a rookie head coach. Over the last two seasons the front office cleaned house and got rid of every significant star they had. Andre Iguodala was traded away to the Denver Nuggets, and Jrue Holiday was traded to the New Orleans Pelicans for a draft pick in this years draft. Management went and hired a first year coach from the San Antonio Spurs. Their top draft pick, Nerlens Noel was ruled out for the season before he even had a chance to dunk a ball with a 76ers uniform on. The local fans questioned the decision to draft an unknown point guard in Michael Carter-Williams to replace Holiday.
The roster was left with a few leftover players from their playoff seasons in Evan Turner, Thaddeus Young and Spencer Hawes. The time is now for Turner to show that the 76ers didn’t make a mistake in drafting him with the second overall pick a few season ago. Young finally gets a chance to start and show his full potential with starter minutes. Hawes will have to prove that the he can hold down the paint both offensively and defensively.
This season will be filled with ups and downs, frustrated players and coaches but there will be flashes of great potential as well. The point with young teams is, they have nothing to loose. They were written off already and all they have to do is go out and play ball. There are no outrageous expectations for this group and that’s what makes them extremely dangerous, as we have witness already this season. You cannot keep a team down for so long, sooner or later they will find a way to break loose and make everyone pay for doubting them in the first place. If you don’t believe me, I will give you five reason why the Philadelphia 76ers will win the championship this year.
5. Nothing To Lose
The talk has been directed on how bad this team will be. There are some who thought they would not even win a game this season. These guys get paid to play the game they love and have pride on the line just as much as any team that is picked to win a championship. If everyone is picking you to lose all you have to do is show up and prove them wrong. If you lose then, oh well nobody expected you to win. But if you pull out a victory then the whole world is shocked. The 76ers will play hard until the final buzzer, while other teams will look past them to their next game. Remember when you do that, the 76ers win have another shocking win on their résumé.
The 76ers are young, athletic and fast. These guys can get up and down the court quick on both ends. Michael Carter Williams is great at reading the passing lanes, which will ignite a fast break. The majority of their wins will come against teams playing in back to backs. The league is filled with veteran players with mileage on their bodies, who need rest. The 76ers youth will pay dividends on those nights when teams are tired and can't keep up with the young, and spry legs of the 76ers.
NBA fans are intrigued with a superstars ability to do many great things on the court. The 76ers are one of the few teams in the league who can say their starting five is capable of doing it all on any given night. Williams can drive, play defense and has developed a jump shot. Hawes can score on the inside, rebound and play defense. Young is good defender who can put points up in a hurry. Turner is a triple-double just waiting to happen every game. Once James Anderson starts to heat up from beyond the arc, things could get messy.
2. Big Trade
When the trade-deadline comes and the 76ers are fighting for the playoffs, they will look down at their roster and see that they are missing a piece or two to the puzzle. My bet is they will look for a power forward to pair with Hawes on the blocks and outside shooting help. I would see if anyone wants a deal for Nerlens Noel. His upside is great but he is not needed for this title winning team. With teams clearing cap space for next seasons crop of high profile free agents, the 76ers could end up with the trade that sends them over the top.
There is one more piece that has to fall in place, luck. No matter the talent, luck plays a part in any championship run. We all know the 76ers do not have the best team in the league but maybe, just maybe. What if the Indiana Pacers catch a bad injury to Roy Hibbert or Paul George? What if Dwayne Wade has to shut it down for the season due to his knee problems? What if Derrick Rose re-injures his knee and can't make it to the playoffs? It's possible the Spurs will fight boredom, injuries and have nothing left in the tank. Anything can go wrong for any team any given moment. Just imagine if everything went wrong for every contender this season, the door will be open. The league better be prepared for a versatile, youthful team playing with nothing to lose after a big trade and a whole lot of luck on their side.Mark Wilson is a Brooklyn Nets writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google