By Cody Daniel @CodyDanielRS on August 19, 2014
There's no question that the Philadelphia 76ers aren't going to be very good during the upcoming season. In fact, Sam Hinkie has already built this team for another tanking season and throwing all of his marbles into the potential of a great future. One way or another, The Sixers still have to play this season, and here's a few reasons why they won't be very good at all.
With Thaddeus Young on his way out of town, it’s a very realistic assessment to say reining ROY Michael Carter-Williams is now the best player on the Sixers’ roster. Yes, MCW is good, but to be the best talent on a team at this stage in his career should show the Sixers don’t have much to offer from a proven talent standpoint.
Some of the Sixers’ biggest assets this season will be rookies, sophomores and a few others who have spent a little time in the league with little experience. With guys like MCW, Nerlens Noel, K.J. McDaniels and newcomer Anthony Bennett in place for some crucial roles, there won’t be much game experience or understanding of the NBA game on the hardwood in Philly.
At this point, the 76ers have a solid handful of options for the wing positions, although none are very viable choices with any true reason for being deemed as starters. Nevertheless, Brett Brown will have to put someone out there, and that’s likely going to be a choice between rookies or sophomores who honestly aren’t ready to start. Can’t compete with that product.
The Sixer’s leading scorer last season was rookie MCW at 16.7 points per, which doesn’t show how much improvement Carter-Williams needs as a scorer. With Thad Young now gone, scoring will be even scarcer and you have to be able to score to win. Not much hope for Philadelphia in that category.
As I’ve already mentioned, veteran Thaddeus Young has been traded, which leaves Jason Richardson as the Sixers’ most notable veteran. For such a young team to have any hope of competing, there has to be veterans to help shape the way for the young guns, and having Richardson as the best options doesn’t leave much hope for optimism in 2014-15.
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