Tanking Is Right Strategy For Philadelphia 76ers

By Ryan Wenzell
Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

Let’s just say the Philadelphia 76ers are in a bit of a dry spell. They are losers of eight straight, and two defeats at the tail end of this losing streak came in blowout fashion of over 40 points.

This Sixers team is making history for all the wrong reasons, but isn’t this what we expected? It’s almost as if Sixers general manager Sam Hinkie and the higher powers purposely assembled a squad devoid of talent with eyes on a stacked 2014 NBA Draft class.

It’s not just the fact that the team is losing, though, it’s how. Lately it doesn’t look like the team is giving much effort. The most passion and want to is being shown on the sidelines with their animated head coach Brett Brown. Even some of the veterans like Evan Turner and Thaddeus Young seem to have checked out.

And I’m not sure I blame them. It is clear this season is a sinking ship. A guy like Young who is renowned for giving 100 percent hustle and effort every night certainly deserves better than this. At the benefit of both the team and the individual, it would be nice to see Young traded to a winner where he can contribute as an athletic wing off the bench.

While this season may be ugly and painful for Sixers fans, it’s all about the light at the end of the tunnel. Make no mistake about it; tanking or not this was the right strategy. Before Hinkie hit the reset button on the franchise this Sixers team was toiling away in NBA purgatory.

Playing around with a No. 7 or 8 seed and getting bounced out in the fist round every year gets you nowhere. The Sixers need a bona fide star like they haven’t had since the glory days of Allen Iverson.

A surefire way to get that — besides attracting top talent in free agency which is no guarantee — is the draft. Every now and again special talent is available at the top of the draft that can change a franchise’s fortunes overnight. That looks to be the case this year with potential superstars in the making in Jabari Parker and Andrew Wiggins.

It is that rare year where the bounce of a ping pong ball can change a team’s fate from cellar dweller to legitimate contender, and the Sixers want to be at the front of the line. So far so good.

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