The Philadelphia 76ers shocked the NBA world early on in the 2013-14 season. While they were projected to be the hands-down worst team in the league this season and a team that was blatantly tanking, they came out of the gate with Michael Carter-Williams playing like an MVP and winning their first two games of the season.
Though their winning streak to start the season ended at just two games, the Sixers were playing relatively solid basketball to start the year. Over their first 10 games of the year, they started with a 5-5 record and seemed like a young team that might be able to compete in the weak Eastern Conference. Things have changed for the Sixers lately, though.
On Friday night, the Sixers dropped their contest with the Charlotte Bobcats by a count of 105-88. Sure, Carter-Williams was out with a right knee injury in this game, but the Sixers looked like a team that the rookie couldn’t have saved as they were beaten handily even with a solid outing from backup Tony Wroten. Over their last 10 games, the Sixers are just 2-8 and now sit at just 7-13 for the year. Moreover, the Sixers’ only two victories over that time were in tight overtime games against other struggling teams out of the East.
Looking at Philly’s last 10 games in comparison to their 10-game start to the year, it’s clear that this team is regressing. They started the year averaging 99.9 points per 100 possessions and giving up 103.3 points per 100 possessions over their first 10 games. In the 10 games since, they’ve been averaging only 96.8 points per 100 possessions while giving up 106.7 points per 100 possessions.
This Philadelphia team is getting worse on both sides of the ball right now, as you might expect. The Sixers are young, inexperienced and lack depth throughout their roster. This team was projected to be bad for a reason, but they are just now starting to live up (or down?) to those expectations.