Throughout history, the Philadelphia 76ers have had players that made the team respectable and fun to watch. Players like Charles Barkley, Allen Iverson, Wilt Chamberlin and Julius Erving were monumental in the franchise’s growth and were able to create a successful reputation. The 76ers are actually ranked third in most playoff appearances by any franchise, right behind the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics.
Unfortunately, the 2013-14 76ers are nothing like the successful Philadelphia teams we have seen before. This team has a laundry list of problems and it’s hard to watch them suffer through each game on a nightly basis. On Saturday night, Philadelphia felt the pain of another tough loss against the Chicago Bulls. Their 91-81 loss to Chicago extended Philadelphia’s losing streak to 24 games in a row. The 76ers are now only three losses away from the longest losing streak in NBA history. The team will be holding the record very soon as their next three games come against the San Antonio Spurs, Houston Rockets and Detroit Pistons. The 76ers have a tough remaining schedule and it honestly looks like they will not win another game this season.
On Saturday night, the 76ers continued their awful streak. The team was 1 for 20 from behind the arc and also shot 34 percent from field goal range. Since the All-Star break, Philadelphia has gotten significantly worse. All of their statics have dropped. The team is currently the worst shooting team in the league. Since the break, the 76ers are shooting 28 percent from behind the arc, 40 percent from field goal range and 69 percent from the free throw line. Philadelphia’s shooting problems are one of the team’s biggest issues. They need more than an inexperienced offence.
On the other side of the court, the 76ers are just as bad. Currently, they have the worst defense in the league and one of the worst defenses in history. Philadelphia currently allows opponents to average 52 percent shooting from the field, which is the highest being allowed by a team to an opponent in the league. This is a strong reason why the 76ers are allowing 110 points per game, the highest by any team. As a comparison, these defensive statics are just as bad, if not worse than the 2011-12 Charlotte Bobcats, who finished the season 7-59. Historically, the 2013-14 76ers have one of the top three worst defenses ever seen.
On Saturday, the 76ers continued to show just how bad their problems are. Right now for Philly fans, it’s hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Without a doubt, this is one of the worst teams in NBA history.