5 Numbers and Statistics That Will Frighten Philadelphia 76ers Fans
5 Shockingly Bad Philadelphia 76ers Stats
The Philadelphia 76ers shocked the NBA world by starting the season out 3-0 but came crashing back to earth hard, having lost 11 of their past 14. The Sixers were projected to be one of the worst teams in NBA history this year, but they have been better than expected.
General manager Sam Hinkie put together a roster that left much to be desired. Guys like Tony Wroten, Brandon Davies and Hollis Thompson are receiving regular minutes and making a big contribution in terms of playing time. When you have that type of situation it is difficult to be a playoff team because of the lack of experience.
But that hasn't stopped Brett Brown from coaching. He has gotten the most out of Evan Turner and Spencer Hawes, who are both averaging career highs in scoring. Michael Carter-Williams is also running away with the Rookie of the Year, averaging 17.2 points and 7.2 assists per game. The team is averaging 103.9 points per game which ranks them in the top 10 in the league. They are also fourth in the league in rebounding despite being undersized and very thin in the front court.
The Sixers have done some good things this year and there is reason for optimism. But as with any young, inexperienced team there has been plenty of bad. Sixers fans might want to shield their eyes, but there are five statistics that are quite alarming that pretty much sum up the Sixers' struggles this season. They need to turn around these aspects of the game if they want to make a run at the division.
Three point percentage, 21st in the NBA. The Sixers are littered with below average shooters from the perimeter including Turner, Wroten, MCW and James Anderson. Perhaps an eventual return from Jason Richardson will cure some of that.
Points allowed per game. This is also last in the NBA and six more points than any other team. The team is slow defensively and getting beaten off the dribble on a consistent basis.
Three pointers allowed per game, dead last in the NBA. The Sixers give up too much from behind the arc, and that is what leads to the next alarming stat.
The team's free throw percentage, 28th in the league. Thaddeus Young and Wroten are both shooting in the 60s and 50s this year which is inexcusable.
The number of turnovers per game, 29th out of 30 NBA teams. MCW and Wroten are the primary ball handlers, and with both being young and inexperienced turnovers are bound to happen.