Before the NBA Season I've decided to give everyone a taste of each of the NBA teams, and what fans should expect from each teams. I will be counting down from worst to first, so keep watch to see where your team stands. Without further ado, let's begin with the worst of the worst.
30) Philadelphia 76ers - 34-48 in 2012-2013. T9th in the East. T4th in East.
Oh poor 76er fans. It's gonna be one tough year. They traded away nearly the entire team and are full throttle into future mode. Trading Jrue Holiday to the Pelicans for injured draft pick Nerlens Noel summed that up pretty well. Now the Philly fans will have to watch the full on tanking project the Sixers are planning.
Acquired: James Anderson, Tony Wroten, Royce White
Drafted: Nerlens Noel (#6), Michael Carter-Williams (#11)
Lost: Jrue Holiday, Andrew Bynum, Dorell Wright, Nick Young, Charles Jenkins
Starters: Michael Carter-Williams (PG), Evan Turner (SG), Thaddeus Young (SF), Lavoy Allen (PF), Spencer Hawes (C)
Bench: Nerlens Noel (injury C), Arnett Moultrie (PF), Tony Wroten (PG), Royce White (PF), Kwame Brown (C)
Up: Thaddeus Young - Officially the "star" of the team, Thaddeus will now go from an off the bench option to the top option. While this could end horribly, Young will get the chance to prove he can be a solid NBA player for the future.
Down: Evan Turner - Ever since Turner went #2 in the Draft his stock has been falling. Clearly not living up to his potential, a lot is on the line this year. Many have suggested trading him, yet he's gotta prove he's got value by playing strong for Philly.
X-Factor: Michael Carter-Williams - The question for Carter-Williams will be how he handles the Point Guard from the get-go. Philly gave up their All-Star PG Jrue Holiday and took a chance on the Syracuse product. He will have to adjust quick, and on one of the worst teams in the league.
Question to Ponder...Are any of these guys assets?
The Sixers are gonna think about what to do with their players who play strong this year. The plan is to blow up as much as possible for the draft, and if they can get anything for their assets they just might consider it. Will the 76ers keep Thad Young and Turner for the future, or try to flip them to completely start over? Spencer Hawes might even get some value on the market. Obviously Carter-Williams and Nerlens Noel are part of the future, yet are any of the starters on this team? Philly will have to consider what to do with these players throughout the year.
Bold Prediction for the 76ers: Evan Turner will be traded eventually!
Turner plays a position that doesn't have many stars occupying it in the NBA. You have to believe somebody will be willing to take a chance on a kid who was taking so high in the draft and had so much potential. The 76ers will have to take advantage of that.
Projected Record: 16-66 15th in the East, 5th in the Atlantic